Electronic Music Program
Instructor: Dr. Bruce H. Frazier, Coulter 254, 828-227-2400
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Frazier's Home Page http://paws.wcu.edu/bfrazier
|The Commercial and Electronic Music program at Western is the study
of various aspects of music technology and commercial music encompassing
recording arts, applied MIDI/Synthesis, jazz studies and music for film
The degree offers instruction in several areas of emphasis. These include:
* Recording Arts - the study of digital audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering. The WCU studio is located in the Center for Applied Technology and features a Solid State Logic all digital audio mixing console. In addition to a 1200 square tracking room, there are two isolation booths, two MIDI production rooms, and a surround-sound audio control room. A minor program in electronic engineering is available for students who are adept at math and science and want to know more about electronic circuitry as it applies to music and audio recording. Math 145 and Physics 130 are recommended for this concentration.
* Applied MIDI/Synthesis - the study of performance practice using an electronic musical instrument or computer. This is built upon skills obtained with a foundation acoustic instrument. For example, a person studying synthesizer is expected to have completed basic mastery of the piano. There are several labs equipped with appropriate computers and music technology hardware that are available to students studying in this area.
* Jazz Studies - the study of jazz styles, arranging and improvisation. Participation in large and small jazz ensembles is expected. Selected music technology study is included in this emphasis. A background in solo instrumental or vocal performance is expected. Materials in Pop and Jazz (MUS320) is required. Jazz Arranging and composition (MUS 426) is a concentration elective.
* Music for Film and Video - the application of compositional skills in the area of musical underscore to visual image. Synchronization and timing are vital components. A background in the basics of music composition is expected for this emphasis area. A minor program in Multimedia is available for interested students.
Acceptance criteria include demonstrated proficiency on a musical instrument through audition. Audition expectations include a live performance by the student on an acoustic instrumet. The applied area teacher can provide information about what is required for the audition on that instrument or voice. This can be any woodwind, brass or string instrument, percussion, voice, piano or rhythm instrument such as guitar or bass. Applied study in an instrument is required for 8 semesters. A recital is required at the completion of study. After 4 semesters of study on an acoustic instrument (such as piano, voice, etc) a student may elect to study MIDI/Synthsis (MUS 317/417). The MIDI/Synthesis emphasis area will include an electronic music controller (synthesizer, EWI, Malletkat, etc.), and will involve creation and manipulation of computer files of electronic music created by the student.
An interview with program faculty is also a part of the process in which career goals are clearly articulated. There are certain skills that we consider as requisite to the program. These include experience in computer music notation (such as Finale), MIDI/sequencing, synthesis and sound design, and digital audio recording, editing and mixing. Along with basic musicianship training, these will be part of the course of study. The interview typically takes place in the sophomore year after the student has sucessfully completed two semesters of applied music (MUS 107), the foundation classes in music theory (MUS 118) and aural skills (MUS 108), and Introduction to MIDI/Synthesis (MUS 181).
There are three components to the degree: Liberal Studies (41 hours), music core classes, (39 hours), and the classes that make up the Commercial and Electronic Muic classes and elective classes in the program (48 hours). The C&EM courses and their descriptions are listed below.
For more information about the degree programs in music, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog. Please contact Dr. Frazier for more information about the Commercial and Electronic Music Program.
Concentration (23 hours)
(Choose 6 hours from the following)
Music Electives (Choose 12 hours)
General Electives (5 hrs)
MUS 106, 107, 207, 307, 317 (MIDI/Synth), 407, 417 (MIDI/Synth) -Applied Major (2, R8)
MUS 281 - Music Sequencing and Digital Audio (1)
MUS 320 Materials in Popular Music and Jazz (3)
Survey of the Music Industry (3)
MUS 379 Introduction to Recording Arts (3)
- Music and Audio in Media (3)
MUS 413 - Studies in Improvization (1, R4)
MUS 426 Jazz Arranging and Composing (3)
MUS 469 Music in Motion Pictures (3)
Entrepreneurship in Music, Senior Project (3)
Independent Study (1-3, R9) - this can be in any area such as jazz
MUS 489 Internship (3, 6, 9, R9)