Music Technology

Student Assessment Outcomes

Demonstrate the use of 1) Music writing programs for composition and arranging; 2) Spread sheet and data base programs for data processing; 3) Recording & audio editing software; 4) Music assessment software; 5) Multimedia hardware (i.e. Smartboards), 6) Basic copyright law. 

Office Hours and Contact Information

(Music 250: Wednesdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm or by appointment)

Email: scottleeatchison@gmail.com / sla43@psu.edu 

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Attendance: Attendance accounts for 20% of the final grade. Attendance in a normal class is worth up to 1% of total grade for students who are on time, attentive, etc. On days where there is a guest speaker, attendance is worth up to 2% of final grade. Final exam meeting is worth up to 3% of total grade in the course

Required Materials: Students must bring a USB flash drive & headphones to every class. Along with a laptop or tablet with music notation software (Finale or Sibelius). The course will be taught in Sibelius, which is available for $8.25 a month for students.

Suggested Materials:  Students will need a digital recorder for one of the projects in class. You can purchase one or borrow one. Owning a digital recorder would be ideal as it is something you should be able to use for years to come. If you want to save money and borrow one, that is fine too. Both Mr. Atchison and Dr. Ballora have digital recorders that can be checked out, on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is also Media and Technology Support Services, located at the Wager Annex that has a variety of equipment that can be checked out. Each of the digital recorders requires either a microSD card or a mini USB to standard USB connector cable.

Recommended digital recorders:

  • Zoom H1n Digital Handy Recorder
  • Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder

Digital Microphones that Interface with iPhones:

  • Zoom iQ6 Stereo X/Y Microphone for iOS Devices with Lightning Connector
  • Zoom iQ7 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices with Lightning Connector
  • Shure MOTIV MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for iOS

Academic Integrity: All student work must be completed entirely by the student turning it in. Under no circumstances are you to share files with other students or use another student’s work. Doing so, whole or in part, will be considered academic fraud.   

Grade Components & Breakdown:

Sibelius Projects: (35% of Final Grade):

  1. Missing Part Assignment: Generate a part from a score complete with all markings and notations, as if it were never lost. (10% of Final Grade)
  2. Class Exercise / Warm-up Assignment: Create a warm-up or exercises sheet for Band, Orchestra, Choir, or a specific instrument to be used in a classroom setting. Accompanying this exercise sheet should be a brief explanation of the goal of the lesson. (10% of Final Grade)
  3. Orchestration / Reduction Assignment: Take a four part (SATB) choir score and reduce it to three voices and insert text (choir version) OR orchestrate it for band / orchestra (15% of Final Grade)

Excel / Data Management (15% of Final Grade):

  1. Excel Assignment: Complete an Excel Document that would help a classroom teacher manage the following: Student Assessment / Grading, Inventory, Student Information, Budget and Classroom Management. (15% of Final Grade)

Recording / Audio Editing (15% of Final Grade):

  1. Recording / Audio Editing Assignment: Take three rough, unedited recordings and splice them into 1 master recording, using the tools available on music editing software. (15% of Final Grade)

Final Project & Presentation (10% of Final Grade):

  1. Final Project: Create an arrangement or original composition, minimum of 90-seconds in length using music notation software OR create a concert video, minimum of 60-seconds in length using sound and video editing software. (10% of Final Grade)

Class Attendance Participation (20% of Final Grade):

  1. Participation – Attendance in a normal class is worth up to 1% of total grade for students who are on time, attentive, etc. On days where there is a guest speaker, attendance is worth up to 2% of final grade. Final exam meeting is worth up to 3% of total grade in the course. (20% of Final Grade)

Extra Credit Opportunities (5% of Final Grade):

  1. PMEA – Attend PMEA (and attend clinics) and receive up to 2% of Final Grade. Further details to be discussed in class. (1% bonus towards Final Grade)
  2. Expanded Final Project – Students who wish to do an expanded version of the final project can earn up to 5% extra credit towards the final grade in the course. (up to 4% bonus towards Final Grade).
  • Note – The Bonus version is only available to students who have created all previous assignments.

Submitting Assignments:

Full credit is possible for students who meet the following requirements:

  • Complete assignment is turned in by the indicated date and time with the criteria listed in the assignment details.
  • If minimum criteria are met, students will be given feedback and allowed to resubmit for full credit. Students are allowed to resubmit assignments as many times as they choose to prior to the end of the semester and can receive up to 100% credit for the assignment. It is our goal that you gain competency and fluency in the course material, whether it takes you one try or ten tries.
  • If minimum criteria are not met, students will be given feedback and allowed to resubmit for credit up to 90% of overall assignment grade. Students are allowed to resubmit assignments as many times as they choose to prior to the end of the semester and can receive up to 90% credit for the assignment. It is our goal that you gain competency and fluency in the course material, whether it takes you one try or ten tries.

90% credit is possible for students who meet the following requirements:

  • Assignment was turned in late, but meets the minimum requirements. Students are allowed to resubmit assignments as many times as they choose to prior to the end of the semester and can receive up to 90% credit for the assignment. It is our goal that you gain competency and fluency in the course material, whether it takes you one try or ten tries.

80% credit is possible for students who meet the following requirements:

  • Assignment was turned in late, and does not meet the minimum requirements. Students are allowed to resubmit assignments as many times as they choose to prior to the end of the semester and can receive up to 80% credit for the assignment. It is our goal that you gain competency and fluency in the course material, whether it takes you one try or ten tries.

Grading Scale

100 – 90% = A

89   – 80% = B

79   – 70% = C

69   – 60% = D

59   –  0%  = F