Music and Computer Technology

CREDIT: 2 for each level GRADES: 11, 12

COURSE DESCRIPTION This is a dual enrollment class where students can receive college credit. The class has an articulation agreement with NVCC, and students could transfer the credits to a college or university in Virginia as well as any other institution that would accept the transfer credits.

MCT students are introduced to the latest technology used by modern composers. Students will create individual & group projects in a variety of musical styles & genres using a combination of MIDI & Digital Audio software. Assignments will include composition, arranging, music theory, use of MIDI & synthesizers, and recording in digital audio.

All enter this class with some instrumental and/or vocal musical training, with some students also having prior music theory training. The classroom is equipped with MIDI/Digital Audio computers, each containing the music notation software, "Sibelius", and the digital audio recording/editing software, "Pro Tools", both standards of the music industry.

Students successfully completing this course will: ::::: develop an understanding of compositional practices ::::: use the computer to compose using varied instrumentations & electronic media ::::: develop a fundamental understanding of the properties of musical sound & how sound is created and used synthetically ::::: develop familiarity with music notation software as well as skill in using synthesizers, setting up and composing with MIDI, and using sequences ::::: produce a portfolio of compositions, arrangements, and recordings representing a variety of styles and compositional situations

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES

  • Basic music theory
  • Instrumental or vocal performing experience
  • Music reading skills

CAREERS The study of MCT may lead to these careers:

  • Arranger
  • Composer
  • Entertainer
  • Music arranger
  • Music manager
  • Professional music educator
  • Recording engineer
  • Sound crew technician
  • Sound recorder

Audition Details: https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/course-registration/audition-instructions