Music AFA – Music Technology Option

Code: AFA.MUSC.TECH

The Associate of Fine Arts in Music Technology is recommended for students interested in furthering their musicianship while exploring the technology behind music recording and production in preparation for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in music.  Coursework incorporates the core musicianship classes and general education coursework typically taken during freshman and sophomore years of 4-year music degree programs, as well as classes in studio recording and electronic music.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Use microphones, outboard gear, consoles and software effectively to conduct studio recording sessions featuring live instruments and vocals.
  • Apply critical listening skills and the concepts of audio theory to creating broadcast quality music productions.
  • Apply the concepts of rhythm, melody, harmony, arranging, performance and sound synthesis to compose expressive music using MIDI sequencing software and hardware.
  • Employ signal processors and other tools of recording technology to effectively mix and edit multi-track recordings.
  • Explain and apply the concepts of mastering to recorded music.
  • Use their knowledge of audio signal flow to setup, use, and troubleshoot studio equipment.
  • Transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in music.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MUS-131Class Piano I

2

MUS-132Music Theory I

2

MUS-134Ear Training and Musicianship I

2

MUS-151Introduction to Audio Recording

3

MUA-1Applied Music

PHY-185Introduction to Physics

4

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:17

MUA-1: Applied music I courses include half-hour private lessons with an instructor in Bass (MUA-101, MUA-231, MUA-232, MUA-233); Guitar (MUA-102, MUA-234, MUA-235, MUA-236); Percussion (MUA-103, MUA-237, MUA-238, MUA-239); Piano (MUA-104, MUA-240, MUA-241, MUA-242); Strings (MUA-105, MUA-243, MUA-244, MUA-245); Voice (MUA-106, MUA-246, MUA-247, MUA-248); or Woodwinds/Brass (MUA-107, MUA-249, MUA-250, MUA-251).

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective**† 3
MUS-231Class Piano II

2

MUS-232Music Theory II

2

MUS-234Ear Training and Musicianship II

2

MUS-251Studio Record Techniques

3

MUA-2Applied Music

WRT-201English Composition II

3

WRT-202Technical Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:16

MUA-2:: Applied music II courses include half-hour private lessons with an instructor in Bass (MUA-101, MUA-231, MUA-232, MUA-233); Guitar (MUA-102, MUA-234, MUA-235, MUA-236); Percussion (MUA-103, MUA-237, MUA-238, MUA-239); Piano (MUA-104, MUA-240, MUA-241, MUA-242); Strings (MUA-105, MUA-243, MUA-244, MUA-245); Voice (MUA-106, MUA-246, MUA-247, MUA-248); or Woodwinds/Brass (MUA-107, MUA-249, MUA-250, MUA-251).

Third Semester

  Music (MUS) or Applied Music (MUA) Electives‡ 2-3
  Humanities Elective** 3
  Free Elective‡‡ 3

MUS-150Introduction MIDI Sequencing and Synthesis

3

MUS-261Advanced Recording Techniques

3

MUS-1Performance Ensemble

Total Credit Hours:15-16

MUS-261: fall semesters only

MUS-1: Performance ensembles I include Chamber Ensemble (MUS-125, MUS-258, MUS-259, MUS-260); Chorus (MUS-121, MUS-255, MUS-256, MUS-257); Jazz Ensemble (MUS-140, MUS-246, MUS-247, MUS-249); and Pop/Rock Ensemble (MUS-120, MUS-220, MUS-221, MUS-222).

Fourth Semester

  Social Science Elective* * 3
  General Education Elective** 3
  Free Elective‡‡ 3
MUS-250Electronic Music Composition

3

MUS-262Concert Promotion and Production

3

MUS-2Performance Ensemble

Total Credit Hours:16

MUS-250: spring semesters only

MUS-2: Performance ensembles II include Chamber Ensemble (MUS-125, MUS-258, MUS-259, MUS-260); Chorus (MUS-121, MUS-255, MUS-256, MUS-257); Jazz Ensemble (MUS-140, MUS-246, MUS-247, MUS-249); and Pop/Rock Ensemble (MUS-120, MUS-220, MUS-221, MUS-222).

General Education Requirements

Communication

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

-or

WRT-202Technical Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives**

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Elective**

One general education course selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics, Natural Science, and Technology

PHY-185Introduction to Physics

4

Total Credit Hours:4

Additional General Education Elective:*

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 22

Program Requirements

  Music or Applied Music Elective‡ 2-3
MUA-1Applied Music

MUA-2Applied Music

MUS-131Class Piano I

2

MUS-231Class Piano II

2

MUS-132Music Theory I

2

MUS-232Music Theory II

2

MUS-134Ear Training and Musicianship I

2

MUS-150Introduction MIDI Sequencing and Synthesis

3

MUS-151Introduction to Audio Recording

3

MUS-234Ear Training and Musicianship II

2

MUS-250Electronic Music Composition

3

MUS-251Studio Record Techniques

3

MUS-261Advanced Recording Techniques

3

MUS-262Concert Promotion and Production

3

MUS-1Performance Ensemble

MUS-2Performance Ensemble

MUA-1, MUA-2: Applied music courses include half-hour private lessons with an instructor in Bass (MUA-101, MUA-231, MUA-232, MUA-233); Guitar (MUA-102, MUA-234, MUA-235, MUA-236); Percussion (MUA-103, MUA-237, MUA-238, MUA-239); Piano (MUA-104, MUA-240, MUA-241, MUA-242); Strings (MUA-105, MUA-243, MUA-244, MUA-245); Voice (MUA-106, MUA-246, MUA-247, MUA-248); or Woodwinds/Brass (MUA-107, MUA-249, MUA-250, MUA-251).

MUS-1, MUS-2: Performance ensembles include Chamber Ensemble (MUS-125, MUS-258, MUS-259, MUS-260); Chorus (MUS-121, MUS-255, MUS-256, MUS-257); Jazz Ensemble (MUS-140, MUS-246, MUS-247, MUS-249); and Pop/Rock Ensemble (MUS-120, MUS-220, MUS-221, MUS-222).

Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Free Electives

Total Credit Hours: 6

Total Credit Hours: 64-65

Specific Program Notes

**General Education Elective(s).

†Music courses that may fulfill 3 credits of the humanities requirement are: MUS-101 Music Appreciation; MUS-107 History of Western Music Before 1750; MUS-108 History of Western Music After 1750; MUS-109 History of Musical Theatre; MUS-110 Music Art & Drama.

‡Recommended music electives: MUS-152 Intro to the Music Business; MUS-163 Careers in Music; any combination of MUA classes and/or ensembles totaling at least 2 credits. MUS-103 Fundamentals of Music is recommended for students with no or minimal music theory background prior to taking MUS-132 and MUS-133.

‡‡Recommended free electives: COM-102 Public Speaking; COM-105 Radio Production; COM-106 TV Production; COM-111 Video Post Production; COM-207 TV Production II; MUS-252 Music In the Marketplace.

Students enrolled in this program ARE REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by the Basic Skills Placement Test.