SLCC General Catalog

Media Music AAS

CTE Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
67 credits minimum

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Program Description

The AAS in Media Music is designed to prepare students to work professionally as music producers, composers, songwriters and/or arrangers in the music and multimedia industries. In addition to a basic core of musical skills, students receive training and gain experience creating music using electronic and acoustic instruments for use in a variety of professional and commercial settings from film scores and commercial music productions to music for video games and other multimedia projects. They also receive training in business and entrepreneurship as it applies to the music industry and build a portfolio of projects that they can use to apply those entrepreneurship skills in pursuing work in the industry.

Career Opportunities

Students completing the degree program will have received training that will help to prepare them to work as a freelance composer, songwriter and/or arranger. Students may also find work in a recording studio, working as a studio musician developing MIDI-based recordings to combine with acoustic elements of digital recording. However, a large percentage of those who make their living in this field are self-employed and work on a contract basis. For this reason, an important part of the course requirements is designed to teach students the kinds of skills they will need to be successful as freelance artists. Additional freelance work may be found in the related fields of sound design/synthesis and digital audio recording engineering (although the Music Recording Technology degree is designed to give more specialized training in the audio recording area).

Transfer & Articulation Information

The core of classes of the Media Music AAS, also required for the Music AS degree, have been articulated with all state-sponsored higher education institutions in the state of Utah.

Program Entry Requirements

A musical background with performance experience including basic piano/keyboard skills and the ability to read music notation are desirable and will benefit students entering the program. Students with insufficient prior preparation may be required to take MUSC 1100 Intro to Music Theory before being allowed to begin taking the required courses in Music Theory. Students with insufficient piano/keyboard skills may be required to take MUSC 1150 and MUSC 1160 to complete the piano proficiency requirement. Contact Thomas Baggaley: thomas.baggaley@slcc.edu.

Total Program/Course Fees

In addition to tuition, students will need to purchase $550-$600 worth of books while completing the specified courses.

Estimated Cost for Students

While not required for completion of the program, any professional composer of media music will need to buy equipment for his own MIDI project studio eventually. The estimated minimal costs for such equipment and related software is at least $3,000 (and will grow from there as they acquire more equipment over time). Ownership of this equipment as a student would be helpful to the student's success but is not required as all of the required equipment is available for use in on-campus computer labs.

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow the suggested sample schedule, completion time is four semesters.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Quantitative Studies (QS) 3-4 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

Any approved QS course

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

Any approved CM course

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

Any approved HR course

 

 

Distribution Areas: (6 Credits)

Choose an additional six credits from at least two of the following distribution areas.

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

 

Biological Science (BS)

3-4

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

Interdisciplinary (ID)

3

 

Physical Science (PS)

3

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 


Required Courses: (38 Credits)

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

Four semesters of:

 

 

 

MUSC 0990

 Recital Attendance

0

F, Sp

 

MUSC 1110

Music Theory I

3

F, Sp

MUSC 1100 or equivalent proficiency (Ability to read music notation - test given first day). Coreq: 1130

MUSC 1120

Music Theory II

3

Sp, Su

MUSC 1110 w/ C grade or better. Coreq: MUSC 1140

MUSC 1130

Sight Singing/Ear Training I

1

F, Sp

Should be taken concurrently with MUSC 1110

MUSC 1140

Sight Singing/Ear Training II

1

Sp, Su

MUSC 1130 w/ C grade or better; Coreq: MUSC 1120

MUSC 1200

Introduction to the Music Industry

1

F, Sp

 

MUSC 1300

Money & Creative Prof

1

F, Sp

 

MUSC 1520

Intro MIDI/Elec Mus Comp

3

F, Sp

 

MUSC 1540

MIDI II/Media Musc Comp

3

Sp, Su

MUSC 1520

MUSC 2110

Music Theory III

3

F

MUSC 1120 w/ C grade or better. Coreq: MUSC 2130

MUSC 2120

Music Theory IV

3

Sp

MUSC 2110 w/ C grade or better. Coreq: MUSC 2140

MUSC 2130

Sight Sing/Ear Training III

1

F

MUSC 1140 w/ C grade or better; Coreq: MUSC 2110

MUSC 2140

Sight Sing/Ear Training IV

1

Sp

MUSC 2130 w/ C grade or better; Coreq: MUSC 2120

MUSC 2350

Conducting Fundamentals

2

Sp

MUSC 1120

Two semesters of:

MUSC 2500

Music Production Group

4

A

MUSC 1060, 1530 or 1540

Four semesters of:

 Performance Ensemble - qualifying courses include MUSC 1350, 1360, 1370, 1380, 1390, 1450, 1460, 1470 and 1480

 

1

A

An audition may be required for specific ensembles

NOTE: MUSC 0990 must be taken each semester for four semesters Students may use any combination of MUSC 1350, 1360, 1370, 1380, 1390, 1450, 1460, 1470 or 1480 (including repeating any of these classes for credit - which is the normal case) to fulfill the four credits of vocal or instrumental performance ensemble that must be taken.

In order to receive this degree, all students are required to pass a piano/keyboard proficiency exam, which is usually taken at the beginning of the student's first semester in the program. Students with insufficient prior preparation in this area may be required to take MUSC 1150 and MUSC 1160 to obtain the necessary skills to successfully complete the piano proficiency requirement.Contact Thomas Baggaley: thomas.baggaley@slcc.edu.


Elective Courses: (Select 10 Credits From The Following)

Course

Titles

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MUSC 1050

Songwriting I

2

F, Sp

 

MUSC 1060

Songwriting II

2

Sp, Su

MUSC 1050 w/ C grade or better or instructor approval

MUSC 1400

Copyrights For Creative Professionals

1

 

 

MUSC 1420

Sales Promo For Creative Professionals

2

 

 

MUSC 1440

Build Creative Business

2

 

 

MUSC 1510

Desktop Music Publishing

3

F

MUSC 1100 or equivalent proficiency (ability to read music notation) or MUSC 1100 taken concurrently

MUSC 1515

Basic Audio Production

3

F, Sp

 

MUSC 1530

Music Recording Tech

3

Sp

MUSC/COMM/FLM/THEA 1515 w/ C grade or better or instructor approval

MUSC 1550

Musical Acoustics

3

F, Sp

Math proficiency usually demonstrated by successful completion of the QL or QS Gen Ed requirement (knowledge of Algebra and Geometry)

MUSC 1560

Music Mixing Techniques

3

Sp, Su

Prereq: MUSC/COMM/FLM/THEA 1515 w/ C grade or better or instructor approval

MUSC 2510

Music Composition for Games and Interactive Media

3

Sp

MUSC 1540 or MUSC 1120 or instructor approval

MUSC 2520

Music Scoring for Film

3

F

MUSC 1540 or MUSC 1120 or instructor approval

MUSC 2550

Music Internship

1-3

A

Instructor approval and second year status in the Music Recording Technology or Media Music programs.

Additional semesters of performance ensembles (see below)

1

F, Sp

 

Private Vocal or Instrumental Lessons (see below)

1

A

Audition

Additional semesters of Performance Ensembles may also be used for elective credit - qualifying courses include MUSC 1350, 1360, 1370, 1380, 1390, 1450, 1460, 1470 and 1480. An audition may be required for specific ensembles. Students may repeat any performance ensemble classes for elective credit in this degree program.

Students may use MUSC 1712, 1715, 1722, 1725, 1732, 1735, 1742,1745, 1752, 1755, 1762, 1765, 2712, 2715, 2722, 2725, 2732, 2735, 2742, 2745, 2752, 2755, 2762, or 2765 to complete any elective credits for private vocal or instrumental lesson instruction. Students must pass a proficiency jury to advance to the second year (2000) level of private applied instruction. These courses may be repeated for elective credit in this degree program.


Sample Schedule

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

MUSC 0990

0

MUSC 0990

0

Ensemble

1

Ensemble

1

MUSC 1110

3

MUSC 1120

3

MUSC 1130

1

MUSC 1140

1

MUSC 1150

1

MUSC 1160

1

MUSC 1520

3

MUSC 1540

3

MUSC 1200

1

ENGL 1010

3

MUSC 1300

1

HR

3

QS

4

Distribution

3

Distribution

3

Total

18

Total

18

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

MUSC 0990

0

MUSC 0990

0

Ensemble

1

Ensemble

1

MUSC2110

3

MUSC 2120

3

MUSC 2130

1

MUSC 2140

1

MUSC 2500

4

MUSC 2350

2

ELEC

2-3

MUSC 2500

4

ELEC

2-3

ELEC

2-3

CM

3

ELEC

2-3

Total

16-18

Total

15-17

 

Advising Notes

It is recommended that students complete their distribution requirements by taking MUSC 1500 Music and Technology (which meets the Interdisciplinary distribution requirement) and one of the following: MUSC 1010 Introductionto Music, MUSC 1030 Survey of Jazz or MUSC 1040 U.S. Music & Culture (each of which meets the Fine Arts distribution requirement). It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisites for each class. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

 

  1. Acquire substantive knowledge
  2. Communicate effectively
  3. Develop quantitative literacies
  4. Think critically and creatively
  5. Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
  6. Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
  7. Develop computer and information literacy
  • Students demonstrate proficiency in music composition for both acoustic and electronic instruments.

1, 4

  • Students demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative team environment on professional-quality music projects for both musical and non-musical clients.

1, 2, 4

  • Specialization - Students demonstrate the development of professional-quality specialization within the field of music composition and production.

1, 2, 4

  • Students demonstrate the appropriate entrepreneurial skills necessary for a freelance artist including but not limited to portfolio development, networking, promotion/marketing and basic business accounting.

1, 4

  • Students demonstrate proficiency in academic understanding of the basic structures of music including the ability to compose and analyze music according to common theoretical practices generally accepted in the music industry.

1, 2, 3, 4

  • Students demonstrate proficiency in the ability to fluently read and write music notation in accordance with practices generally accepted in the music industry.

1, 2

  • Students demonstrate proficiency in musical performance with appropriate expression, accuracy and artistic value.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Department Contact Info

Communication and Performing Arts Division

South City Campus

General Information
801-957-4073

Program Information
801-957-4130

Performing Arts Department

Academic Advisor
South City Campus (SCC) W138
801-957-3361

Program Faculty

Associate Professors
Lyle Archibald

Assistant Professors
Thomas Baggaley
Craig Ferrin

Instructors
Stephen Sue