House Bill 2504

Fall 2011 Course Syllabus

MUSC-1405-01 - Live Sound I

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2011
InstructorJohnson, Ryan Len
Phone(409) 504-1988
Commercial Music Program
Chair:Kristel Kemmerer
Phone:(409) 984-6520
Hours:Posted on Office Door
Building:Performing Arts & Theatre Center (PAC)
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Course Information
Course Number90431
Course Description An overview of the field of live sound. Includes principles of live sound and the theory and interconnection of the components of a sound reinforcement system.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Houses of Worship Sound Reinforcement, 1st edition, Artistpro Publishing, 2009. ISBN-13: 979-1598636130
Attendance Policy You get one "free" absence before your late/absences start to count against your grade in the attendace category. After that, each absence deducts 7.5% off your grade. Three late arrivals/early departures equal one absence. No Exceptions. Attendace will be taken at the beginning of each rehearsal, a record will be kept, and you will be updated at midterm regarding your progress in this area.

1 absence = 100% 2 absences = 92.5% 3 absences = 85%
Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade Attendance 15%

Quizzes 15%

Hands-On Midterm 15%

Mid-term Exam 10%

Concert Attendance & Participation 20%

Hands-On Final 15%

Final Exam 10%
Final Exam Date December 7, 2011 - 4:00 PM
Major Assignments Written quizzes: Several written tests, covering the most recently discussed topics.

Hands-On Midterm: Specific tasks carried out on console/gear measuring understanding and progress.

Concert Attendance and Participation: Students will be assigned duties for live sound events, (PA Live, Wacky Wednesday's, etc.). Their participation in these events is integral to the success of the student, AND of the program.

Midterm Exam: A comprehensive written test, measuring students understanding and progress.

Final Exam: A comprehensive written test, measuring student's understanding of ALL concepts covered in class.
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Week 1: Overview of basic audio terms and equipment.

Week 2: Microphones, Wireless microphones, Direct Boxes, Preamps.

Week 3: Systems setup, signal flow, switches and routing.

Week 4: Field trip to local music venue.

Week 5: Mixing at FOH, signal routing, different approaches.

Week 6: Mixing Monitors, system setup, responisibilities.

Week 7: Outboard gear, processors, compressors, gates, effects.

Week 8: Duties and responsibilities as a Sound Engineer, communication. Review for midterm exam.

Week 9: Hands-On Midterm & Exam.

Week 10: Digital Consoles, routing and patching.

Week 11: Live venue acoustics, room changes, indoor/outdoor events.

Week 12: Amplifiers, Speakers, maintenance & replacement. Ohm's Law.

Week 13: Driverack processing, balance and optimization.

Week 14: Field trip to local music venue.

Week 15: Review for final exam. Student demonstrations of setup & opertations

Week 16: Hands-On Final & Written Final Exam.
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Commercial Music: Sound Engineer

1. Applies commercial music sound technology to professional practice.

A. Demonstrates an understanding of the role, duties, and responsibilities of the producer.

B. Demonstrates proper microphone placement and use of room acoustics in a recording session.

C. Utilizes editing techniques that are effective and appropriate.

D. Utilizes mixing techniques that are effective and appropriate.

E. Develops a production budget for recording projects.

F. Applies sound technology techniques to projects,reflecting specific markets.

G. Develops a signal flow for instrument, microphone, preamp, and input.

H. Manages session time.

2. Applies commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.

A. Utilizes theory skills in the recording, editing, and mixing process.

B. Utilizes keyboard skills in the recording, in relation to the quality of the recording process.

3. Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.

A. Demonstrates an understanding of basic performance rights.

B. Applies microphone, staging, and set-list protocol for the venue and audience.

C. Demonstrates an understanding of legal issues by securing necessary session agreements prior to recording.

4. Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.

A. Demonstrates a commitment to the profession with attendance, persistence in the program, timeliness to classes and recording sessions.
Course Student Learning Outcomes -Describe signal flow in sound reinforcement setup. (PLSO 1g)

-Explain the function, characteristics, and specifications of the components of a sound reinforcement system. (PLSO 1b,f)
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

    • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

    • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

    • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

    • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

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  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

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All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

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