Music Technology Overview

The Music Technology program offers courses for students who wish to earn a certificate or associate degree in music or music technology or who plan on transferring as a music major to a four-year institution. Students are encouraged to take part in performance opportunities for both music and non-music majors. Employment opportunities in the area of music technology include audio recording, sound reinforcement, music business, MIDI music systems, and songwriting.

MiraCosta College’s Music Department offers music technology classes in:

MTEC 110:  Recording Arts I

Units:  2 Prerequisites: None Acceptable for Credit: CSU Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.  (1005.00)

This first in a sequence of four recording-arts courses provides an overview of recording music technology. It introduces the physics of sound and covers sound processing equipment, microphones, and recording-studio logistics.  (Formerly MUS 181).

MTEC 111:  Recording Arts II

Units:  2 Prerequisites: MTEC 110. Acceptable for Credit: CSU Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.  (1005.00)

This second course in a recording arts sequence continues the introduction to recording music technology begun in MUS 181. It covers multi-track recording and management procedures. Students utilize the recording studio to fulfill specific assignments.  (Formerly MUS 182).

MTEC 120:  Digital Audio Production I

Units:  2 Prerequisites: MTEC 110. Acceptable for Credit: CSU Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.  (1005.00)

This course provides a survey of various software, hardware, and procedures involved with digital audio presentations. Specific subject areas include audio component identification and system integration. Course work includes the Avid Pro Tools 101 Certification test.  (Formerly MUS 198).

MTEC 130:  MIDI

Units:  2 Prerequisites: None Acceptable for Credit: CSU Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.  (1005.00)

This survey course explores the full range of Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) capable software equipment and associated production techniques for music composition, performance, and recording. Students who have completed or are concurrently enrolled in MTEC 120 qualify for Avid Pro Tools 110 testing upon successful completion of MTEC 130. (Formerly MUS 183.)

MTEC 140:  Sound Reinforcement I

Units:  2 Prerequisites: None Acceptable for Credit: CSU Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.  (1005.00)

This course is an overview of live concert sound reinforcement. Topics include theory and application of individual sound system components such as microphones, mixers, effects, and speaker systems. Students will apply principles to concert situations throughout the semester. (Formerly MUS 185).

MTEC 141:  Sound Reinforcement II

Units:  2 Prerequisites: MTEC 140. Acceptable for Credit: CSU Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.  (1005.00)

This course covers advanced topics in sound system design, stage management/organization, and sound checks. Topics include troubleshooting and repair, live concert recording, and live concert interfacing with MIDI and video systems. The lab presents field opportunities for students to apply knowledge in concert situations. (Formerly MUS 186.)

MTEC 150:  Audio Equipment Maintenance

Units:  2 Prerequisites: None Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 192. Acceptable for Credit: CSU Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.  (1005.00)

This course introduces audio maintenance, calibration, and minor repair as well electronic building tips as they pertain to music and theatre. Students learn basic electronic principles and how they relate to matching audio components in various system design applications for recording and sound reinforcement. Topics include impedance matching, power rating, and parallel and series type wiring as well as hands-on work with basic electronic maintenance/repair kits. The course emphasizes safety issues with electricity. (Formerly MUS 192/DRAM 192.)

MTEC 160:  Business of Music I

Units:  3 Prerequisites: None Acceptable for Credit: CSU Lecture 3 hours.  (1005.00)

This course explores the essential topics that every music professional should be knowledgeable about, including the essence of intellectual property, copyright law, publishing administration, performing rights organizations, recording contracts, and artist representation. These concepts are then applied to the artist attempting to navigate the landscape of the current music business. (Formerly MUS 286.)

MTEC 210:  Recording Arts III

Units:  2 Prerequisites: MTEC 111. Acceptable for Credit: CSU Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.  (1005.00)

This third in a four-course sequence provides an in-depth technical and applied study of recording techniques covered in the previous recording arts courses. Topics include effects and dynamics processing and complex routing used in the context of the multi-track recording and mixdown. Students work within a group and utilize studio time to complete assignments.  (Formerly MUS 281).

MTEC 211:  Recording Arts IV

Units:  2 Prerequisites: MTEC 210. Acceptable for Credit: CSU Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.  (1005.00)

This fourth and final course in the recording arts technology sequence involves technical, personnel, and musical elements for final production of commercial music projects. Students individually organize and complete an outlined production of a workforce-ready product in a multi-track recording facility.   (Formerly MUS 282).

MTEC 220:  Digital Audio Production II

Units:  2 Prerequisites: MTEC 120. Acceptable for Credit: CSU Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.  (1005.00)

This course provides a hands-on, programmed study and application of Pro Tools and related audio software. Specific subject areas include system organization and logic, software operation, hardware configuration, and advanced editing and production procedures. Course work includes the Avid Pro Tools 201 Certification test.  (Formerly MUS 199).

MTEC 260:  Business of Music II

Units:  2 Prerequisites: MTEC 160. Acceptable for Credit: CSU Lecture 2 hours.  (1005.00)

This second in a two course series covers music distribution, licensing, synchronization, marketing, and promotion in today’s changing marketplace. Students learn effective methods for submitting creative works for representation as well as how to create a business strategy for an independent record release, with the ultimate goal of deriving income from music sales and publishing sources. (Formerly MUS 287.)

MTEC 292:  Internship Studies

Units:  0.5-3 Prerequisites: None Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit. Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently. Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student’s career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

THE MUSIC TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM HAS IT ALL !

MiraCosta College’s Music Technology Program has two recording studios with top-of-the-line equipment, including:

  • Kurzweil, KORG, Technics and Alesis Controller Keyboards
  • Soundcraft, Digidesign, Yamaha and Mackie Mixing Consoles
  • Tascam X 48 Digital Multitrack Recorders
  • Millenia, Avalon, Joe Meek Microphone Preamplifiers
  • Genelec, JBL and Yamaha NS-10m Monitoring
  • Lexicon, Yamaha, UREI, DBX, Drawmer Signal Processing
  • Aviom, Furman and ART Headphone Monitoring Systems
  • Alesis Mastering Burners
  • Mac G5 and IMAC Computers Labs and Control Rooms
  • Protools HD
  • Digital Performer
  • Reason, Garage Band, Band in the Box Software Synths
  • McDSP and Waves Plug-ins
  • Sibelius, Finale Notation Software

 FULL TIME MTEC FACULTY

Christy Coobatis, Instructor
760.757.2121, x6703   ccoobatis@miracosta.edu

Dan Siegel, Instructor
760.757.2121, x6434   dsiegel@miracosta.edu

“With the skills the Music Technology Program has given me, I’m now starting my own recording studio. It feels amazing to be working in the career of my choice.” David Allen, MiraCosta College Recording Arts and Record Production graduate

FALL 2017 Student Music Auditions

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FALL 2017 Student Music Auditions

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 at 1:00 PM — Auditions for ensembles and NEW Performance Majors.  Reserve a spot today! Get more info by clicking HERE.    

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Check Out MCC’s Music Technology Program!

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Check Out MCC’s Music Technology Program!

Explore the Music Technology Program on our web site: https://music.miracosta.edu/MusicTechnology   For the upcoming semester, there will be course offerings in Recording Arts, Digital Audio Production, MIDI, Sound Reinforcement, and Business of Music. Check out the full course list. Connect with the Music Technology Program on...

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