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For up to date information on courses offered by the Music Technology Department, please check the MiraCosta catalog.


MTEC 110: Recording Arts I

Units: 2

Prerequisites: None

Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Lecture: 1.50 hours

Laboratory: 1.50 hours.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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

Lecture: 2 hours.


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.



MTEC 296: Topics in Music Technology

Units: 1-3

Prerequisites: none.

Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Lecture: 1 hour

Lecture: 2 hours

Lecture: 3 hours


This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Music Technology that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.



MTEC 298: Directed Study in Music Technology

Units: 2

Prerequisites: none.

Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Laboratory: 3 hours

Laboratory: 6 hours

Laboratory: 6 hours


This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.



MTEC 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4

Prerequisites: None

Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.

Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.

Acceptable for Credit: CSU.


Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. 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. (Formerly MUS 299.)