Music Audio (MUSA)

MUSA 100  Fundamentals of Audio Technology

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Pass/No Pass)
Lecture: 36   Lab: 54

Fundamental terminology, equipment, techniques, and technical concepts related to audio technology. Topics include the basic principles and practices of signal flow, analog audio, digital audio, computer workstations, musical instrument digital interface (MIDI), synthesis, and sound recording utilizing modern hardware and software. These topics will be explored from a technical perspective.

TermCRNCourse TitleDayTimeInstructorLocation
Fall 201824150MUSA:100MW8:30am - 9:35amJ. Asher13-2425
MW9:45am - 11:10amJ. Asher13-2425
Fall 201824436MUSA:100MW6:00pm - 7:05pmD. Alverson13-2425
MW7:15pm - 8:40pmD. Alverson13-2425

MUSA 110  Acoustics for Audio Production

3 Units (Degree Applicable)
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Pass/No Pass)
Lecture: 36   Lab: 54

Scientific and practical concepts of acoustic sound for audio production. Topics include the science of sound, sound generation, sound in the free field, acoustic spaces, psychoacoustics, and techniques for acoustic management. Students will be able to critically analyze acoustic phenomena and apply this knowledge in audio production settings.

TermCRNCourse TitleDayTimeInstructorLocation
Fall 201824153MUSA:110MW11:30am - 12:35pmJ. Asher13-1220
MW12:45pm - 2:10pmJ. Asher13-1220

MUSA 120  Electronic Music

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Pass/No Pass)
Lecture: 36   Lab: 54

Creative techniques and elements of electronic audio. Topics include digital audio workstations, musical instrument digital interface (MIDI), synthesis, sampling, sequencing, editing, composition, arranging, and mixing. Compositions are expected of students utilizing electronic audio techniques.

TermCRNCourse TitleDayTimeInstructorLocation
Fall 201824151MUSA:120MW11:30am - 12:35pmN. Tharp13-2425
MW12:45pm - 2:10pmN. Tharp13-2425
Fall 201824152MUSA:120MW3:00pm - 4:05pmN. Tharp13-2425
MW4:15pm - 5:40pmN. Tharp13-2425

MUSA 130  Business of Audio Production

3 Units (Degree Applicable)
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Pass/No Pass)
Lecture: 54   

Business and legal aspects of the audio industry. Topics include contracts, publishing, licensing, distribution, and copyright. In addition, the duties and responsibilities of producers, agents, managers, promoters, and performing artists will be examined. Students will gain a firm understanding of past and current business practices related to audio production.

MUSA 150  Audio Recording

3 Units (Degree Applicable)
Lecture: 36   Lab: 54
Prerequisite: MUSA 100 and MUSA 110

Intermediate concepts and skills for audio recording. Topics include recording techniques, signal flow, microphone principles and usage, equipment, signal processing, digital audio workstation recording functions, and recording procedures. Students will produce quality audio recordings from a variety of sound sources.

MUSA 160  Live Sound Engineering

3 Units (Degree Applicable)
Lecture: 36   Lab: 54
Prerequisite: MUSA 100 and MUSA 110

MUSA 200  Studio Engineering

3 Units (Degree Applicable)
Lecture: 36   Lab: 54
Prerequisite: MUSA 150

MUSA 210  Audio for Multimedia

3 Units (Degree Applicable)
Lecture: 36   Lab: 54
Prerequisite: MUSA 100 and MUSa 120

MUSA 220  Sound Design for Live Performance

3 Units (Degree Applicable)
Lecture: 36   Lab: 54
Prerequisite: MUSA 120 and MUSA 160

MUSA 230  Songwriting

3 Units (Degree Applicable)
Lecture: 54   
Prerequisite: MUS 2 and MUS 5A and MUSA 120

MUSA 250  Audio Capstone

3 Units (Degree Applicable)
Lecture: 36   Lab: 54
Prerequisite: MUSA 120 and MUSA 130 and MUSA 150

MUSA 299  Work Experience in Audio Arts

1-3 Units (Degree Applicable)
(May be taken for Pass/No Pass only)

Prerequisite: MUSA 150 or MUSA 160 or MUSA 210 and compliance with Work Experience regulations as designated in the College Catalog.

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