Introduction to Music Technology

CRS 110111                        Grade 9-12                                    CR ½                        Q                     1 block

Students will explore a wide range of topics in an effort to develop and expand their understanding and use of technology as it pertains to music. The course begins with an overview of the history of recording and sound production technology and advances to include the study of sound theory, signal flow, live sound reinforcement, and the cornerstone of the class: hands-on production projects using the industry standard ProTools Digital Audio Workstation. Access to, and study of, other equipment and audio software packages may also be undertaken based on availability. No prior experience is required, though students familiar with operating computers and/or students who have some background in music may feel more comfortable. NOTE: This class will fulfill the fine arts requirement for graduation.


1)   THEORY - Students will understand the properties of sound as well as how it interacts with the both the physical and electronic environments.(25%)

2)   NOTATION - Students will understand the basics of both traditional as well as sequencer-based musical and/or audio notation or representation. (25%)

3)   SIGNAL FLOW - Students will understand the path that an audio signal must follow in order to take it from the realm of the physical to that of the electronic and back. (25%)

4)   PROCESSING – Students will understand that music and audio has been, and continues to be, manipulated in a number of ways to create or enhance various moods, to stimulate (or validate) emotions within a listener, or to tell a story. (25%)


Performance Indicators:

T-1) Demonstrate an understanding of how sound travels
Demonstrate a command of the fundamental terminology describing
                 the properties of sound
T-3) Apply knowledge of sound theory to manipulate the way that sound is perceived

Develop a command of the basic skills involved in reading and writing pitches and basic rhythms in the treble and         bass clef
Demonstrate the ability to utilize knowledge of musical notation within a traditional notation software package
Demonstrate the ability to translate knowledge of traditional musical notation to non-traditional notation in a                    sequencer environment
Demonstrate ability to identify and work with audio waveforms within an audio editing software package

Demonstrate the ability to capture and route an audio signal using traditional hardware-based means (i.e. mixers,         amps, monitors, etc.)
Demonstrate the ability to capture and route an audio signal using a computer hosting various software packages

Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development and use of technology to enhance the production of audio            and music
Demonstrate knowledge of, and ability to use, basic concepts of musicality to edit music and sound in order to                achieve certain desired outcomes
Demonstrate an understanding of how to apply various digital effects to audio or music, as well as how those                additions may affect the perception of the listener