Digital Music

Digital Music

Digital Music Performance: How can we use technology to communicate complex thoughts and emotions and bring people together?

Lead Partner: Ray Cole                                                                 

1 credit (Fine Arts) Description:

Prior to the “desktop revolution,” the ability to create music digitally was out of reach for all but a few successful and wealthy composers. Today, technological tools that were only a dream for most people in the past are now commonplace, and the Internet allows us to share our ideas with the world.  This PBL will focus on understanding how these tools work and how they can be used to compose and share evocative music and meaningful dialogue. This will involve exploring music theory (rhythm, melody and harmony), basic piano skills, composition, history, engineering, physics, live sound reinforcement, hearing safety, communication, writing, physiology and psychology.  While this list of disciplines (particularly the musical ones) may sound daunting, the computer makes most of them accessible even if you are not a skilled performer.

Topics will be addressed by focused individual and group projects and will address a community need such as creating a public service advertisement for radio, producing a podcast about a community issue, or creating a warm-up song for the basketball team.

Career Pathways: This challenge will help prepare students for almost any career in communications requiring content creation skills and teamwork such as video editing, web design, digital photography, theater, copywriting, live sound, and broadcast production.