Music Technology - Composition Track

Master of Music33 Credits

Valley Forge Christian College offers a Masters of Music in Music Technology. The degree and its associated coursework cover music production, digital video, multimedia, distance learning, and music notation. The musical and technical skills needed by creative artists and communicators are emphasized. The curriculum includes current technologies and research. Much of the program can be completed through distance learning. Worship leaders, practicing performers, composers and educators alike will benefit from this training.

Valley Forge Christian College's facilities include a twenty-four track digital audio recording studio, SD and HD broadcast studios, a fifteen-station video editing lab, a ten-station audio production suite and a multimedia production room. Students will each be assigned a fully equipped state-of-the-art workstation during the class.

  1. Students will perform quality academic research in the field of music technology using the most advanced and up to date scholarly works on music technology, and prepare them for entry into additional degree programs and doctoral studies.
  2. Students will creatively and effectively express music and communicate ideas through the use of music technology.
  3. Students will integrate music technology knowledge and practice within the framework of Christian values and a Christian worldview.
  4. Students will develop Pentecostal Christian music ministry, education, and performance in churches, schools and the broader community.
Course Code
Course Name
Credits
MUS
Applied Performance (Instruction, Conducting, Ensembles)
3 cr
Research Project(Research-based, emphasizing Creativity and Artistry)
3 cr
Composition Note: Composition majors may take additional credits in composition to fulfill applied requirements as directed by their advisor.
3 cr
TOTAL
 
33 credits

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

Course Descriptions & Related Information

MUS 520 Seminar in Music Theory 3 credits

This course will provide an overview of music theory of the common practice period through the present.
Prerequisite: Sufficient score on entrance exam.

MUS 530 Seminar in Music History 3 credits

This course will provide an overview of music history from earliest recorded history through the present.
Prerequisite: Sufficient score on entrance exam.

MUS 510 Research Methodology 3 credits

This course will train the student in the advanced skills of scholarly research, design, writing and documentation as a direct preparation for the final research project of the degree. An emphasis will be given to research techniques in music and music technology.

MUS 515 Research Project 3 credits

This course will consist of a major written project that reflects graduate-level research, creativity, and artistry in an area of study agreed upon and under the direct supervision of a professor who has specialization in the chosen topic of study in keeping with the degree. The final project must receive committee approval.
Prerequisites: MUS 510, Pass Comprehensive Graduate Exam, Submit approved study proposal.

MTN 545Advanced Digital Audio 3 credits

Advanced Digital Audio covers advanced techniques for recording, editing and storing sound. Professional recording equipment will be used. All audio projects will be burned to CD or other high-quality medium but sounds will also be converted to compressed formats such as MP3 for use on the Internet. In-service teachers who complete this course will create several recordings with mixing occurring in analog and digital realms. The materials developed will be appropriate for music instruction in the K-12 classroom. The format of the course will alternate presentations with class activities in which student progress is assessed and in which the material presented is reinforced. Evaluation will be through written homework, completion of class projects, and the submission of a final project demonstrating techniques learned in class.
Prerequisites: MTN 540, or completed a minimum of 2 courses in music technology, or comparable experience using music sequencing software with a Macintosh or Windows PC, or TI:ME Level One Certification. This course is designed for the experienced computer user.

MUS 690 Composition 3 credits

Lessons are structured to encourage creativity and to lead to the development of a unique individual style of composition. Initial lessons provide experiences in the style of major composers from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionist, and Contemporary periods. Students will give attention to musical expression when writing for vocal and instrumental ensembles, and for various performers, occasions and media. Students enroll for 1 credit per semester and may repeat this course.

MTN 510 Advanced Notation 3 credits

Participants will learn to use music notation software (Finale or Sibelius) to print out scores and parts. The course will be taught in a hands-on environment. The course is designed to train instrumental, choral, and classroom music specialists to use the software for notating and printing music. Participants will learn how to input music using an electronic keyboard and computer and to print out scores and parts. Topics include: transposing band and orchestra parts; printing a choral score; music notation problem solving; incorporation of notation examples into word processors; composing and arranging music; and using notation software with students. Participants will bring several examples of music notation to be entered during the course.
Prerequisites: MED 510 and MED 520, or completed a minimum of 2 courses in music technology, or comparable experience using music sequencing software with a Macintosh or Windows PC, or TI:ME Level One Certification. This course is designed for the experienced computer user.

MTN 530 Advanced Sequencing and Music Production 3 credits

This hands-on course is designed to make participants proficient in the art of sequencing. The material will include explanations and demonstrations of specific recording, editing and arranging techniques for creating dynamic, musical sequences in any musical style. These techniques can also be used to improve the sound of Standard MIDI Files. Topics to be covered include: 1) techniques for making individual tracks sound more musical, 2) creating a balanced stereo image; 3) creating/editing drum parts, 4) using effects devices; 5) using quantization; 6) creating tempo maps, and 5) adding vocals/acoustic instruments to sequences. Participants should bring music (piano music, choral accompaniments, orchestra and band scores, etc.) to use for sequencing projects. Keyboard skills are helpful but not necessary. Evaluation will be through completion of class assignments and the submission of a final project demonstrating techniques learned in class.
Prerequisites: MED 510 and MED 520, or completed a minimum of 2 courses in music technology, or comparable experience using music sequencing software with a Macintosh or Windows PC, or TI:ME Level One Certification. This course is designed for the experienced computer user.

MTN 540 Digital Audio 3 credits

Digital Audio covers techniques for recording, editing and storing sound. Entry-level and professional recording equipment will be used. All audio projects will be burned to CD or other high-quality medium but sounds will also be converted to compressed formats such as MP3 for use on the Internet. In-service teachers who complete this course will create several recordings with mixing occurring in analog and digital realms. The materials developed will be appropriate for music instruction in the K-12 classroom. Software to be used in the class will include programs for recording in one pass, for recording and editing two tracks, for recording and editing multiple tracks, and for burning to CD or other high-quality medium. The format of the course will alternate presentations with class activities in which student progress is assessed and in which the material presented is reinforced. Evaluation will be through written homework, completion of class projects, and the submission of a final project demonstrating techniques learned in class.
Prerequisites: MED 510 and MED 520, or completed a minimum of 2 courses in music technology, or comparable experience using music sequencing software with a Macintosh or Windows PC, or TI:ME level One Certification. This course is designed for the experienced computer user.

MTN 545Advanced Digital Audio 3 credits

Advanced Digital Audio covers advanced techniques for recording, editing and storing sound. Professional recording equipment will be used. All audio projects will be burned to CD or other high-quality medium but sounds will also be converted to compressed formats such as MP3 for use on the Internet. In-service teachers who complete this course will create several recordings with mixing occurring in analog and digital realms. The materials developed will be appropriate for music instruction in the K-12 classroom. The format of the course will alternate presentations with class activities in which student progress is assessed and in which the material presented is reinforced. Evaluation will be through written homework, completion of class projects, and the submission of a final project demonstrating techniques learned in class.
Prerequisites: MTN 540, or completed a minimum of 2 courses in music technology, or comparable experience using music sequencing software with a Macintosh or Windows PC, or TI:ME Level One Certification. This course is designed for the experienced computer user.

MTN 550 Digital Video 3 credits

Digital Video covers techniques for recording, editing and storing video. Entry-level and professional recording equipment will be used. All video projects will be burned to DVD or other high-quality medium but videos will also be converted to compressed formats such as MPEG for use on the Internet. In-service teachers who complete this course will create several videos with mixing occurring in analog and digital realms. The materials developed will be appropriate for music instruction in the K-12 classroom. The format of the course will alternate presentations with class activities in which student progress is assessed and in which the material presented is reinforced. Evaluation will be through written homework, completion of class projects, and the submission of a final project demonstrating techniques learned in class.
Prerequisites: MED 510 and MED 520, or completed a minimum of 2 courses in music technology, or comparable experience using music sequencing software with a Macintosh or Windows PC, or TI:ME Level One Certification. This course is designed for the experienced computer user.