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.

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
Spring 201943881MUSA:110MW3:00pm - 4:05pmP. Mantione78-2110
MW4:15pm - 5:40pmP. Mantione78-2110

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
Spring 201943889MUSA:120MW11:30am - 12:35pmN. Tharp13-2425
MW12:45pm - 2:10pmN. Tharp13-2425
Spring 201944401MUSA:120MW8:30am - 9:35amJ. Asher13-2425
MW9:45am - 11:10amJ. Asher13-2425

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.

TermCRNCourse TitleDayTimeInstructorLocation
Spring 201943896MUSA:130TR1:15pm - 2:40pm2-M107

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

Intermediate concepts and skills for audio engineering live events. Topics will include microphones, mixers, amplifiers, monitoring, setup and teardown, sound reinforcement, cabling and wiring, and duties and roles for stages, clubs, theaters, churches, and industrial venues. Students will be able to engineer a multi-input live sound performance.

TermCRNCourse TitleDayTimeInstructorLocation
Spring 201943902MUSA:160TR3:00pm - 4:05pmM. Foreman2-M117
T4:15pm - 7:35pmM. Foreman2-M200

MUSA 200  Studio Engineering

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

Advanced studio-recording techniques. Topics include recording sessions, applied acoustics, multi-microphone configurations, overdub sessions, cue mixes, control room configuration, roles and duties, editing, and mixing. Students will learn to apply audio technology and recording concepts in a multitrack studio environment.

TermCRNCourse TitleDayTimeInstructorLocation
Spring 201943906MUSA:200MW3:20pm - 4:25pmN. Tharp13-2425
M4:35pm - 7:50pmN. Tharp2-M200

MUSA 210  Audio for Multimedia

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

Intermediate creative, technical, and collaborative techniques for producing audio for recorded multimedia. Topics include games, animation, video, commercials, radio, virtual reality, Internet, and motion graphics. Students will be able to produce quality audio tracks for use in a variety of multimedia settings.

MUSA 220  Sound Design for Live Performance

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

Advanced creative, technical, and collaborative skills for designing and performing audio for live events. Topics include music concerts, theater performances, dance performances, theme parks, and artistic and commercial installations. Students will perform or have their productions performed at a live event or installation.

MUSA 230  Songwriting

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

Processes and techniques of songwriting. Songs will be analyzed on chord structure, form, rhythm, melody, harmony, and lyrics. Original compositions and performances are expected from all students.

MUSA 250  Audio Capstone

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

Advanced creative, organizational, and leadership skills for large-scale audio productions. Students will lead complex multi-track, multi-artist productions from conceptualization to delivery.

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.

Job experience in audio production in an approved work site. A minimum of 75 paid or 60 non-paid clock hours per semester of supervised work is required for each unit of credit. It is recommended that the hours per week be distributed throughout the semester. Instructor approval required. A maximum of three units can be earned for this course.

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