MUSC 3220 – Intro to Music Technology

Course Syllabus – Spring 2017

| Course description | Outcomes | Term | Instructor information | Class meetings | Text | |Evaluation | Grading | Mid-term progress report | Course schedule | Course policies | Important dates |

Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations should contact 
the Disability Services Coordinator, Edgewater Hall 255, (678) 466-5445, disabilityservices@mail.clayton.edu.

Course Description:

Number and Title:

MUSC 3220 (CRN 20225)
Intro to Music Technology

Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours (3-0-3)

Catalog Description:

Introduction to recent development in musical technology, including analog and digital synthesizers, computer notation programs, MIDI, and digital sampling. Basic work in analog and digital recording.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access.  For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to


Software Requirement:

To properly access the course content you will need to download the following free software:

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to use the WindowsTM operating system
  • Able to use Microsoft WordTM word processing
  • Able to send and receive e-mail using the Clayton State University e-mail system using OutlookTM.
  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email
  • Able to use a Web browser.

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will be used in the classroom in this course. Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor.  Notebook computers will be used extensively.

Desire2Learn  (Online Classroom):

On-line activity will take place in Desire2Learn, the virtual classroom for the course.

You can gain access to Desire2Learn, by signing on to the SWAN portal and selecting: ”D2L” on the top right side.  If you experience any difficulties in Desire2Learn, please email or call The HUB at TheHub@mail.clayton.edu or (678) 466-HELP. You will need to provide the date and time of the problem, your SWAN username, the name of the course that you are attempting to access, and your instructor's name.

Program Learning Outcomes:

MUSC 3220 is a required course in the BAPA degree program
MUSC 3220 supports Program outcome 2 of the Bachelor of Performing Arts, and Music Concentration Outcome 1.

  • BAPA Program Outcome 2:  Apply theoretical literacy and historical scholarship in performance in the student’s field of concentration
  • Music Concentration Outcome 1:  Hear, identify and manipulate with fluency in sound and notation the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, and texture

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply concepts from physics and acoustics in practical situations to solve sound problems and/or achieve desired outcomes in both sound reinforcement and sound recording.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with sound reinforcement procedures including: microphone selection, mixing console signal flow and gain staging, metering, FOH and stage monitor mixing, system troubleshooting and assessment.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with various aspects of digital audio production.
  • Evaluate merits of recording outcomes with an understanding of the technical goals and aesthetic considerations appropriate for a given genre. Distinguish specific audio career paths and the steps needed to become successful professional in the audio industry.

Instructor Information:


Dr. Christina Howell
phone: (678) 466-4755
e-mail: ChristinaHowell@clayton.edu
internet: http://faculty.clayton.edu/chowell4


Music Education Bldg, 226

Office hours:

TBD after Applied lesson schedule set

Class Meetings:


MEB, Room 147

Class times:

12:45 – 2:00 p.m., Monday and Wednesday

Textbook Information:


Hosken, An Introduction to Music Technology, 2nd edition, Routledge, 2015.

Text Coverage:

Chapters 1 – 8, 16 - 17


In-class examinations: 2 - 75 minute exams @ 150 points


In-class projects: 6 projects @ 50 points*


Small Projects: 4 projects @100 points


Notation Project


Final Project**




**There will be no final examination.



90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Mid-term Progress Report:

The mid-term grade in this course, which will be issued on February 25 reflects approximately 30% of the entire course grade.  Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W."  Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, or withdraw on-line using the Swan by mid-term, which occurs on March 4.  Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, March 3, 2017.

Course Schedule:

*Course Schedule is subject to change

Course Policies:

General Policy
Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.  The Student Handbook is part of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook, which begins on page 6.

University Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy
Attendance is expected for all class periods.  Attendance is required for quiz and examination periods.  Any absence must be accompanied by a written excuse from a doctor or other competent authority. 

Missed and Late Work
Without a valid excuse, a grade of zero points will be assigned for the missed or late work.  If a valid excuse is provided:

  • Make-up exams may be given only if documentation of the absence is given in a timely manner by a competent authority. 
  • Make-up examinations may be given only if they are taken before graded examinations are returned to students (next class period).  In the event that a make-up examination cannot be taken before exams are returned to other students, the missed examination will not count in calculating the course grade.  This means that other graded work will be responsible for a greater weight in determining the course final grade.

Academic Dishonesty

Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism.  All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved.  All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Community Standards.  Judicial procedures are described beginning on page 19 in the section of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook titled, Procedures for Adjudicating Alleged Academic Conduct Infractions.

Plagiarism Detection Software.
Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. You should submit your papers in such a way that no identifying information about you is included.

Disruption of the Learning Environment

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not be tolerated.  While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior.  A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class.  A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal.  If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF.

More detailed descriptions of examples of disruptive behavior are provided in the Clayton State University Academic Catalog and Student Handbook starting on page 14.

Writing Assistance
The goal of the Writers’ Studio is to give rise to better writers, not just to better writing. People who love to write, people who struggle mightily with it, and people who fall anywhere else on the spectrum can find a place at The Writers’ Studio—a place for students to come for writing guidance and feedback.

Each student may receive up to 90 minutes of assistance per day and 3 hours per week. Furthermore, both appointments and walk-ins are welcome. Here’s The Writers’ Studio’s contact information:

Location:             Arts & Sciences Building, Room G-224

Phone:                  678.466.4728

Email:                   ws224@clayton.edu

Website:              http://clayton.edu/writersstudio

Visit The Writers’ Studio at http://clayton.edu/writersstudio or schedule your appointment online at http://clayton.mywconline.com (Note: first-time users need to complete a one-time registration prior to using the online appointment website).

Operation Study
At Clayton State University, we expect and support high motivation and academic achievement. Look for Operation Study activities and programs this semester that are designed to enhance your academic success such as study sessions, study breaks, workshops, and opportunities to earn Study Bucks (for use in the University Bookstore) and other items.  See the following site for details:



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