Producing and Sequencing Music

Summer 2017 quarter (First Session)

Taught by

  • UG

Computers are now the basic sketchpad for creating music. From recording instruments into them to using software instruments that sound like nearly anything, software allows extremely complex production. This five-week class will familiarize members with the use of computer-based MIDI soft and hardware, synthesizers, and will cover some of the technical ‘mysteries’ which are critical to comprehending their use.  Studio production, recording with mics, and basics of audio will be covered. This class is mostly about exploring the musical production process. The only prerequisites are interest in music, some keyboard and/or guitar skill, and curiosity. 

The class structure will consist of three separate elements.  Lecture/Workshop sessions will cover operation of the systems, demonstrating different techniques in a group setting.  This will be the time for reviewing readings, presenting questions, and troubleshooting. Students will play back their pieces for feedback and so others can see how different people compose. Individual studio times will be assigned to each student, for trying the different functions of the software, creating short musical ideas to apply learned skills, and experimenting with new techniques. Members will be expected to spend a minimum of two 4 hour blocks in the studio per week.  Consulting times will be scheduled to permit students to meet for individual or small group assistance in the studio.

Program Details

Fields of Study

computer science media arts music


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Week One:  Tue/Wed 9a-Noon & 1-4p, Thu 9a-1p

Regular schedule: Tue 9a-Noon & 1-5p, Wed 9a-1p (*Students must schedule 12 hrs of studio time each week for the duration of the session*)

Week 5 schedule:Wed 9a-Noon, Thu/Fri 9a-Noon & 1-5p


Online Learning

No Required Online Learning