House Bill 2504 Fall 2011 Course Syllabus MUSC-1405-01 - Live Sound I
Fall 2011 Course Syllabus
MUSC-1405-01 - Live Sound I
|Instructor||Johnson, Ryan Len|
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|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.|
|Required Textbooks||Houses of Worship Sound Reinforcement, 1st edition, Artistpro Publishing, 2009. ISBN-13: 979-1598636130|
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||
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|
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||
|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.|
|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.|
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.
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This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
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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