Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSC-1235- Section: 01
Commercial Music Software
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Instructor Information
Instructor Carl Richardson
Phone(409) 984-6353
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 124
Hours:M 11-1, T 9:30-12:30, W 11-12, Th 9:30-12:30, F 12-1
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description Specialized training in commercial music software applications.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Demonstrate professional competency in commercial music software applications.
Core Objectives
Program Student Learning Outcomes PERFORMANCE

1. Applies commercial music performance techniques to professional practice.
2. Applies commercial music sound engineering technology to support performance practices.
3. Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
4. Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.

PSLO Alpha: Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.


Logic Pro X 10.4 - Apple Pro Training Series: Professional Music Production
1st Edition by David Nahmani (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-0135244760
USB Flash Drive (Minimum 32 GB)
Headphones, Studio Headphones preferred

Recommended: External Hard Drive, 7200 RPM Hard Drive or Solid State Hard Drive (Thunderbolt 2/3 or USB\3.0) preferred.
Lecture Topics
All classes are cancelled on the following Holiday dates:
Labor Day: January 18
Spring Break: March 15-19
Good Friday: April 2

Week 1 - Course Overview; Syllabus Review; Intro To Logic, Loops, and More (Lesson 1)
Week 2 - Intro To Logic, Loops, and More (Lesson 1) cont.
Week 3 - Intro To Logic, Loops, and More (Lesson 1) cont., Test #1
Week 4 - Project #1 Presentations, Producing a Virtual Drum Track (Lesson 4)
Week 5 - Producing a Virtual Drum Track (Lesson 4) cont.
Week 6 - Producing a Virtual Drum Track (Lesson 4) cont., Test #2
Week 7 - Project #2 Presentations, Using Patches and Recording MIDI (Lesson 5)
Week 8 - Creating and Editing MIDI (Lesson 6)

SPRING BREAK - No Class (March 15-19)

Week 9 - Recording Audio (Lesson 2)
Week 10 - Editing Audio (Lesson 3), Test #3
Week 11 - Project #3 Presentations, Editing Pitch and Time (Lesson 7)
Week 12 - Editing an Arrangement (Lesson 8)
Week 13 - Editing an Arrangement (Lesson 8) cont.
Week 14 - Mixing (Lesson 9)
Week 15 - Final Exam Review, Project #4 Presentations

* Study focus dates by week may be adjusted based on class needs and rate of progress. Project due dates and test dates may be pushed to a later date, but never earlier.
* Project Presentations in class are optional but encouraged and count as extra credit. Adequate presentations will grant students 20 points extra credit for the project.
Major Assignments
Unit 1
Test 1 - Thurs Feb 4 (Week 3)
Project 1 - DUE Tues Feb 9 (Week 4)

Unit 2
Test 2 - Thurs Feb 25 (Week 6)
Project 2 - DUE Tues March 2 (Week 7)

Unit 3
Test 3 - Thurs April 1 (Week 10)
Project 3 - DUE Tues April 6 (Week 11)

Unit 4
Project 4 - DUE Tues May 4 (Week 15)
Final Exam

Final Exam Date May 11, 2021 - 11:0 AM   Through  May 11, 2021 - 1:30 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Attendance 15%
Quizzes 15%
Class Participation 10%
Projects (4) 40%
Tests (4) 20%

* Quizzes are TBA.
* Final Exam is included in the Tests Grading Category and is optional based on individual student progress.
* Project Presentations in class are optional but encouraged and count as extra credit. Adequate presentations will grant students 20 points extra credit for the project.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies Students may email me at richardsoncc@lamarpa.edu. I will respond as soon as possible.

To discuss grades, extra credit, etc., you must schedule an office visit for advising. Please refer to office hours listed above.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success.

You will receive one free absence before your absences start to count against your grade in the attendance category. After that, EACH UNEXCUSED ABSENCE DEDUCTS 10% OF YOUR ATTENDANCE GRADE. Three lates/early departures = one absence.

Students must contact instructor with reason for absence by email prior to absence in order to receive an excused absence. Excused absences must meet the following criteria: death in the family, medical related emergency, illness. Any cause beyond this will be left up to instructor discretion.

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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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.