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AC - Electronic Music

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Electronic Music is intended for the student who would like to obtain acknowledgment for completion of electronic music courses, and is not designed to prepare students for employment. While the completion of the certificate does not lead to a particular degree, it does provide and enhance the development of musicianship for enjoyment and personal growth. This program provides the student with fundamental musical skills covering a variety of topics, including theory, performance, composition, and history. In addition, students receive a high level of technical training in creating electronic music. As students complete courses in the program, they will build a portfolio of original compositions that may be used to seek admittance to a bachelor’s-level music program.
Major Code: 6231
Award: AC
First Term: 4096
Total Credits: 40
Program Last Updated in MCCCD Records: Jan 15th, 2010
Prerequesites: 2-3 credits
MTC100 Fundamentals of Music (2) OR
MTC101 Introduction to Music Theory (3) OR
Permission of instructor 2-3
Required Courses: 40 credits
Students are required to complete a total of six (6) credits of MTC240.
MTC105 Music Theory I 3
MTC106 Aural Perception I 1
MTC155 Music Theory II 3
MTC156 Aural Perception II 1
MTC205 Music Theory III 3
MTC206 Aural Perception III 1
MTC255 Music Theory IV 3
MTC256 Aural Perception IV 1
MTC191 Electronic Music I 3
MTC192 Electronic Music II 3
MTC193 Computer-Based Sound Synthesis 3
MTC240 Composition (3) 6
MTC291 Electronic Music III 3
MUC195 Studio Music Recording I 3
MUC196 Studio Music Recording II (3) OR
MUC197 Live Sound Reinforcement I (3) 3
Restricted Electives: None
Free Electives: None
General Education Requirement: None
General Education Core: None
First Year Composition: None
Oral Communication: None
Critical Reading: None
Mathematics: None
General Education Distributed Credits: None
Humanities and Fine Arts: None
Social and Behavioral Sciences: None
Natural Sciences: None
Program Competencies:
  1. Apply music notation, including pitch, meter, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, time signatures, and rhythm through analysis and writing. (MTC105, MTC155, MTC205, MTC255)
  2. Use dictation, sight singing, and keyboard harmony to develop the listening and performing skills of diatonic and chromatic music. (MTC106, MTC156, MTC206, MTC256)
  3. Apply commercial music and sound design techniques, using digital audio workstations and desktop music production systems. (MTC191, MTC192)
  4. Compare and contrast the characteristics and styles of electronic music from the early 20th century to the present. (MTC191, MTC192, MTC291)
  5. Explain the acoustic principles of sound, and demonstrate the various types of sound synthesis methods. (MTC193)
  6. Demonstrate musicianship, literature, and compositional technique. (MTC240)
  7. Apply advanced software and synthesizer editing features, including using graphical environments for music and interactive music performances. (MTC291)
  8. Use recording studio components (speakers, signal processing equipment, electronic keyboards, and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) equipment) in a studio recording session. (MUC195, MUC196)
  9. Apply generic signals flow concepts for recording consoles in different recording studios, and use recording studio components: recording consoles, recorders, microphones, and signal processing equipment in a studio recording session with various musicians. (MUC195, MUC196)
  10. Set up sound reinforcement systems for mixing live performances with various styles of music, and apply concepts of signal flow for concert sound and placement of consoles, loudspeaker arrangements, and microphones. (MUC197)