Sound Emphasis

Fundamentals of Music Science

GN120 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: None
This course gives students an understanding of the basic physical principles underlying sound and music and how music is created at its simplest form. It provides a clear demonstration of how physics works using a medium (sound and music) with which we are all familiar. The approach assumes no knowledge of music. A student completing this course will be able to write and recognize music notation symbols of traditional western music. An understanding of the language used by musicians to describe and perform music and film scores will be developed.

History of Music

GH114 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: None
This course will examine the historical development of the art of music, showing the increasing complexity of music through the great eras in history and the relationship of music to the political, economic, and cultural conditions of these eras.

Music Appreciation & Analysis

GH113 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: None
A survey of America's Popular music beginning in the Jazz Era through the chart busters of the turn of the millennium. Students examine the historical and cultural influences creating the framework for the different genres of popular American music.

Production Sound

F141 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F101 Principles of Production
Introduces the proper protocol and practices of sound recording on a professional film or TV project. Hands-on coursework includes experimenting with different sound recording techniques and types of equipment. Topics include the fundamentals of recording good sound and communicating with sound professionals.

Scoring Your Soundtrack

F144 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F141A Sound Design Basics
This course teaches how to use Pro Tools to create and lay the soundtrack for your short film or documentary, and, eventually your feature film. It is hands-on training and includes field trips to professional recording studios.

Sound Design Aesthetics

F242A (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F141A Sound Design Basics
This course teaches how to use Pro Tools to create and lay the soundtrack for your short film or documentary, and, eventually your feature film. It is hands-on training and includes field trips to professional recording studios.

Sound Design Basics

F141A (4 credit hours) 
Prerequisite: F141 Production Sound
A straightforward and personal approach to learning the ins and outs of digital audio editing with Pro Tools. Considered to be the industry standard in audio post production, Pro Tools offers an intuitive editing platform paired with an assortment of professional audio plug-ins to enhance your sound. The class includes in-depth lectures and two projects per quarter.

Sound Design to Final Mix

F342A (4 credit hours)
Prerequisites: F242A Sound Design Aesthetics
Explores the powerful role played by sound in telling a story. Students shoot a short script in a way that will allow sound to make an equal contribution to the emotional aspects of the story, rather than simply narrating the picture. In the editing room they piece visuals and sound together so that the two work in tandem. At the end of this course each student has a finished product for their reel and a stronger, truer understanding of the importance of sound in film and of the sound designer’s role.

Sound Mixing

F443 (4 credit hours)
Prerequisite: F141A Sound Design Basics
A hands-on course teaching sound designers to setup and mix using Avid Pro Tools. Topics include reviewing a stereo mix setup and how to setup time-based plugins, including reverbs and delays, and dynamic-based plugins, such as compressors and gates. Advanced lab work includes in-depth analysis of what to accomplish in a mix. Assignments explore the role of automation to expand mixing capabilities and create perspectives in a mix.