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Music - Advanced Sound Design

This certificate of achievement is for students who are interested in learning intermediate and advanced elements of sound design. This course of study will focus on how to design, create, and program sound events and objects successfully in a surround environment in the service of various music and media industries (e.g., the music, television/film, and video game industries). Emphasis is placed on building technical skills and interpersonal skills required for entry-level work in various collaborative situations.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
MUS 103 - Music Theory IM3.0
MUS 103 - Music Theory I (3.0 units)

Corequisite: MUS 106
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course, through guided composition and analysis, incorporates the following concepts: rhythm and meter; basic properties of sound; intervals; diatonic scales and triads; diatonic chords, basic cadential formulas and phrase structure; dominant seventh; figured bass symbols; and non-harmonic tones. Development of skills in handwritten notation is expected.

MUS 106 - Musicianship IM1.0
MUS 106 - Musicianship I (1.0 units)

Corequisite: MUS 103
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to develop beginning aural skills, sight-reading, sight-singing, as well as dictation and rhythmic interpretation skills. It is recommended for all instrumentalists, singers and composers and required of all music majors.

MUST 101 - Introduction to Music TechnologyM3.0
MUST 101 - Introduction to Music Technology (3.0 units)

Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to learn the terminology, equipment, techniques, and concepts of music technology. Focus will be on principles and practices of sound, digital audio, synthesis, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), MIDI sequencing, notation software, and audio recording utilizing hardware and software platforms. Lab activities will place an emphasis on the operation and components of the typical MIDI and digital audio lab (hardware and software). Students will complete independent projects demonstrating hands-on knowledge.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
2nd Semester
MUST 121 - Electronic Music IM3.0
MUST 121 - Electronic Music I (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUST 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to gain an understanding of the processes and tools available to the modern electronic musician. While using the most up-to-date software, learn to record, arrange, mix, produce, and polish your music. Topics include synthesis, sampling, and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) sequencing. Compositions are expected of students utilizing electronic music techniques.

MUST 141 - Recording Studio IM3.0
MUST 141 - Recording Studio I (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUST 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to learn to make high-quality recordings using a wide array of tools and techniques. Emphasis will be placed on Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) sound recording, editing, and mixing processes through hands-on experience. Students will collaborate to produce recordings within several musical genres.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
3rd Semester
MUST 122 - Electronic Music IIM3.0
MUST 122 - Electronic Music II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUST 121 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to continue the study of concepts and techniques needed to compose electronic music and is recommended for students who intend to pursue music professionally. Various types of synthesis including software analog synthesis and virtual analog synthesis will be studied. Software that will be used in the course may include Logic Pro and Ableton Live. Sequencing, recording via studio software, notating compositions and creating music for video games and animation, dance, and theatre will be the primary focus of the course.

MUST 142 - Recording Studio IIM3.0
MUST 142 - Recording Studio II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUST 141 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who will continue the study of recording studio techniques, signal flow using an analog console, and advanced ensemble microphone techniques. Students will also create a portfolio of work demonstrating their recording knowledge.

MUST 125 - Sound Design IM3.0
MUST 125 - Sound Design I (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUST 121, MUST 141
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is for students interested in learning the basics of sound design. It will introduce the physics of sound and how to successfully manipulate, modulate, and record sound in the service of various music and media industries (e.g., the music, television/film, and video game industries). Assignments will be project based.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
4th Semester
MUST 126 - Sound Design IIM3.0
MUST 126 - Sound Design II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUST 122, MUST 125, MUST 142
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is for students interested in learning advanced techniques and theory of sound design. The course will introduce acoustics, the psychoacoustics of sound and how to successfully program complex systems in order to synthesize and sculpt, and sound in the service of various music and media industries (e.g., the music, television/film, and video game industries). Assignments will be project based.

Total Semester Units:3.0 
Total Units for Music - Advanced Sound Design COA program 25.0 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
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M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding and knowledge of music technology in the areas of music production and studio recording.


2

Students will be able to use more complex approaches to digital signal processing (DSP) and synthesis to generate and sculpt sound.


3

Students will be able to work in an advanced-level, collaborative sound designing environment to produce a successful deliverable.


4

Students will be able to explain advanced theoretical principles and concepts necessary to create complex sounds.


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Whittier, CA 90601

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