Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSC-1331- Section: 01
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Instructor Information
Instructor Kenneth Turner
Phone(409) 984-6547
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 137 D
Hours:MW 9-12pm, TR 8-9am
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description Exploration of the history and evolution of Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) systems and applications. Includes the MIDI language and applications in the studio environment using software-based sequencing programs.
Prerequisites MUSI 1181; completion of or concurrent enrollment in MUSC 1213 and MUSC 1211
Learning Outcomes PSLO 1. Applies commercial music sound technology to professional practice.
PSLO 2: Applies commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.
PSLO 3: Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
PSLO 4: Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.
Core Objectives Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes Summarize the history and evolution of MIDI. (PSLO 1, 4)
Apply and use MIDI system devices. (PSLO 1, 2, 3)
Utilize software-based sequencing programs. (PSLO 1, 2, 3)
Textbooks MIDI Power!: The Comprehensive Guide; 2nd ed.
Robert Guerin
Cengage Learning, 2008
ISBN-10: 1-59863-084-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-59863-084-8
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Introduction to Class and Syllabus
Week 2: Chapter 1 - Introduction to MIDI, History, Hardware, and Channels
Week 3: Chapter 2 - Basic MIDI Messages, Bits, Bytes and Binary
Week 4: Chapter 3 - Control Change Messages
Week 5: Chapter 4 - General MIDI
Week 6: Chapter 5 - MIDI Hardware Devices
Week 7: Chapter 5 - MIDI Hardware Devices Continued
Week 8: Midterm
Week 9: Chapter 6 and 7 - MIDI and Computer Setups
Week 10: Basic MIDI Recording, Copy/Paste, Track Inspector, Shortcuts, Click Track
Week 11: Chapter 8 - MIDI Editing, and Quantizing
Week 12: Step Recording, Humanizing MIDI Performances
Week 13: Cycle Recording, Loops and Layers
Week 14: CC Recording and Editing, Synth Exploration, Step Sequencers
Week 15: Final Project
Major Assignments
Week 8: Midterm
Week 15: Final Project Due
Final Exam Date May 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Chapter Quizzes-20%
Final Exam/Project-25%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.
Attendance Policy You get one "free" absence before your tardies/absences start to count against your grade in the "Attendance" category. After that, each absence deducts two percentage points from your final grade. More than 5 unexcused absences will result in a failing grade for the course. Three tardies will count as one unexcused absence.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other Mac Lab Policy - The equipment in the Mac Lab must always be treated with respect and care. Headphones should be used at all times and an acceptable volume level must be maintained. Please notify the instructor immediately if there is a problem with the equipment. Students who show disregard for the instruments/equipment will be asked to leave the class session and will be counted as absent for the day. In addition, a grade of "zero" will be recorded for any assignments/quizzes that are due that day. Any further violation of this policy will result in the student being dropped from the class at the instructor's discretion.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.