Winter 2014 Final Exam Sessions

Music 51: Introduction to Electronic Music

  • Thursday – Final exam session at 11:30-1:20. Final project playback and optional retake of test #1.

Music 8: Intermediate Electronic Music

  • Tuesday – Music 8: Final exam session at 11:30-1:20. Final project playback only.

Please pay very close attention to this final exam week schedule. Your final exam session is NOT at the usual class time and it may be on a different day. Missing an exam session is very serious business and can have a serious adverse effect on your course grade.

Music 1A: Introduction to Music

In addition to teaching your electronic music classes, I also teach a couple sections of Music 1A: Introduction to Music in Western Culture. You might wonder why I am mentioning this to electronic students. A few reasons:

  • Music 1A: Introduction to Music satisfies certificate and transfer requirements in the Arts and Humanities area, so you can take it as part of your general education program requirements.
  • You can apply the credit from Music 1A as part of the music major program.
  • A number of transfer four-year music programs expect incoming students to have completed Music 1A or a similar class.
  • Taking Music 1A is a fine way to broaden your experience in the field of music.
  • You have already taken at least one class from me—and maybe you would be interested in taking more! ;-)

I teach two sections of the class. We changed the schedule a bit for the spring quarter, mostly to accommodate students who prefer 2-day-week classes over 4-day-per-week classes. Both meet at 9:30-11:20 in A11. One is a Monday/Wednesday class and the other is a Tuesday/Thursday class.

I hope to see you in a Music 1A class next quarter!

Spring Term Electronic Music Classes

Electronic Music Classroom - De Anza College

We will have two electronic music classes during the upcoming spring 2014 term. (Registration is already underway!) Our lab was recently updated to have brand new computers and the newest versions of music software such as LogicReasonSibelius, and more.

MUSIC 51: INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC MUSIC – This class is for those getting started on using electronic music technologies. You’ll learn to work with the Logic application. (Logic is a high-end DAW – digital audio workstation – application that supports synthesis, mixing, sequencing, arranging, composing, and much more.) The class is likely to fill since we have only a single section this quarter – so register early! The class meets on MW at 12:30-2:20 in A91.

MUSIC 8: INTERMEDIATE ELECTRONIC MUSIC – This class focuses on sound design (how to create your own sound resources, instead of relying on presets) and we use bot the Reason and Logic applications. Students typically take this class after completing Music 51, though students with prior experience may consider enrolling directly in Music 8. The class meets on TTh at 12:30-2:20 in A91.

Upcoming Schedule

As we approach the end of the winter term, here is an overview of remaining class meetings for both of the electronic music classes. (And remember to sign up for Music 8: Intermediate Electronic Music for next quarter—it won’t be offered again until Winter 2015!)

Week 10: March 10 – March 14

  • Monday – Music 51: Playback of assignment #5. Begin work on final project.
  • Tuesday – Music 8: Class presentations. Work on final project. Play back any remaining projects.
  • Wednesday – Music 51: Quiz #3 due in class. Play back remaining assignment #5. Work on final project.
  • Thursday – Music 8: Class presentations. Work on final projects.

Week 11: March 17 – March 21

  • Monday – Music 51: Bring printed quiz #4 to class to work on it while operating the Logic application.  Complete work on final project.
  • Tuesday – Music 8: Class presentations. Work on final project.
  • Wednesday – Music 51: Quiz #4 due in class. Work on final project.
  • Thursday – Music 8: Class presentations. Work on final projects. Last regular class meeting prior to next week’s final exam session.

Week 12: March 24 – March 28 (Finals Week)

  • Monday – Music 51: Test #2. Work on final projects. Last regular class meeting prior to the final exam session.
  • Tuesday – Music 8: Final exam session at 11:30-1:20. Final project playback only.
  • Wednesday – No electronic music classes. Possible hour or two of open lab TBA.
  • Thursday – Music 51: Final exam session at 11:30-1:20. Final project playback and optional retake of test #1.
  • Friday – No electronic music classes.

Intro to Electronic Music Quiz #4

UPDATE: This quiz is now available for download.

The fourth—and last!—quiz of the quarter is due one week from today on Wednesday, March 19 at the start of the period. As with previous quizzes, you’ll need to go to the quiz page on the class website and print out a copy, write your answers on the printed copy of the quiz form, and turn this in on the due date. There is one minor issue though…

… namely that a few modifications need to be made to the quiz before it is ready for printing. With this in mind, do NOT print it today. Wait until tomorrow (or possibly late this evening) when an updated version becomes available. A note on the quiz page will explain this