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THE ELECTRONIC MUSIC SYNTHESIZERS AND MIDI PROGRAM
180 Hours: 9 months. Daytime and evening schedules run concurrently.

Course #1: Electronic Music Synthesizers and MIDI, Level I (74 hours)
Course #2: Electronic Music Synthesizers and MIDI, Level II (70 hours)
Course #3: Career Development (20 hours)

The Electronic Music Synthesizers and MIDI Program consists of two technical courses and the Career Development course, for a total of 45 meetings, varying in length from 2 to 4 hours (see class lists below). Lab activities are scheduled outside of class times. This program is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission for Veterans’ Educational Benefits.

Vocational Objective
In this program, the student is familiarized with the history, control functions of and operational techniques involved with synthesizers, samplers, other MIDI-based controllers, and computer-based sequencers. Through classroom instruction, demonstration and hands-on experience, the student will learn to operate the devices used in most professional electronic music synthesis applications today.

The resulting skills will prepare the student for an entry-level position as a MIDI engineer: performing synthesizer/keyboard setup and programming for use in studio recording or live performance. Graduates who are (or work for) performing musicians will find their employment enhanced by the ability to integrate MIDI sequencing and synthesis into live performance. Graduates who are (or are training to be) recording engineers will be able to effectively integrate synthesizers and MIDI-based sequencing systems into the studio environment.

The student will be introduced to the Digital Audio Workstation; combining synthesizer programming, MIDI interconnection, sampling and synchronization for musical performance and recording. Training does not include extensive musical instruction.
 

Course #1: Electronic Music Synthesizers and MIDI Level I
Course #1 offers 74 hours of instruction consisting of 26 hours of classroom instruction, 44 hours of small-group studio instruction and 4 hours of lab activities. Classes are taught one day per week for 19 weeks or one evening per week for 19 weeks.

Course Content:

Course #2: Electronic Music Synthesizers and MIDI Level II
Course #2 provides 70 hours of instruction consisting of 6 hours of classroom instruction, 56 hours of small-group studio instruction, and 8 hours of individual studio instruction in the form of an extensive individual project. Classes are taught one day per week for 18 weeks, or one evening per week for 18 weeks.

Course Content:


Course #3: Personal and Career Skills
Course #3 offers 36 hours of training consisting of classroom instruction, discussions and class exercises. Classes are taught once per week for both day and evening sessions for 5 weeks, or on two consecutive Saturday afternoons to be announced at the beginning of the program.

Course Content:

The Career Development course contributes 10% to the final cumulative program grade.
 
 

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