Minor Requirements

A minor in music technology may be of interest to students in a variety programs, including Business, Communications, Computer Science, English, and the Visual and Performing Arts. Such cross-disciplinary interest can be a platform for building multidisciplinary activities at Stonehill College.

The minor in Music Technology requires the completion of 18 credits.

Complete Fifteen Required Credits

CODE COURSE CREDITS

VPM 186

Introduction to Music Technology

Offered: Fall Semester

Introduction to Music Technology enables students to make their own music using music sequencing software. The course teaches basic MIDI and audio recording, editing, effects processing, and mixing. The class also covers the history of popular music from the perspective of production. Students will work on their own music projects, as well as weekly assignments that demonstrate competency in using the software. No previous music experience is necessary.

 

3

VPM 231

Piano Workshop

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This workshop provides an introduction to the study of the piano in a class setting, and is intended for beginning students. Students will learn about reading music, basic chords, piano technique, and both individual and ensemble performance. Students will use digital pianos with headphones for individualized instruction. The course culminates with a performance for the college community.

 

3

VPM 240

Music Theory or VPM 341

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

This class is a continuation of VPM 180 - Creating Music, and is designed to give students the opportunity to learn traditional harmonic language in depth through weekly assignments and independent projects. Students will use standard notation and electronic technology.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 180 or Consent of Instructor.

3

VPM 341

Composition: Songwriting

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2016, 2018

In this course the student will learn how to write descriptive lyrics. The student will learn how to apply rhythm to these lyrics, and construct an effective melody. The student will also learn how to add harmony to melodies. The course will investigate a number of effective songs from a variety of sources.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 180 or consent of the instructor.

3

VPM 246

Sound Recording Techniques

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2017, 2019

Students will develop skills in multi-track recording techniques through the use of hands on, in class projects. Course content will focus on acoustics, recording equipment, editing, and mixing. Students will also develop their skills through hands on individual and group projects.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 186 or instructor permission.

3

VPM 247

Scoring for Video

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2016, 2018

Students will develop skills in synchronizing music with video through hands on projects. Students will also learn how to underscore to capture the action of a visual imagery. Course content will focus on the functions of film music as well as the history of soundtracks.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 186 or consent of the instructor.

3

Complete Three Credits in the Same Ensemble

CODE COURSE CREDITS

VPM 133

Collegiate Chorale     (1 credit)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The Stonehill College Collegiate Chorale welcomes students interested in singing. Students learn and perform music from many historical periods and styles. Proper vocal and choral techniques are practiced during rehearsals. One or more performances will be given each semester.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. Students are required to purchase and wear approved concert attire.

1

VPM 134

Concert Ensemble     (1 credit)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The Stonehill College Concert Ensemble is a performing ensemble for experienced wind, percussion, and string musicians. The ensemble performs a variety of musical styles each semester. Campus performances enable members of the Concert Ensemble to showcase their talent.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Instructor.
Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. Students are required to purchase and wear approved concert attire.

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VPM 139

Guitar Ensemble     (1 credit)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

In this ensemble students learn introductory musical skills including basic jazz theory, scales, notation and chord grids, comping and soloing, which are applied to the study of jazz standards or equivalent repertory. This course culminates in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course.

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