Music Technology

The Music Technology program offers courses for students who wish to earn a certificate or associate degree in music or music technology or who plan on transferring as a music major to a four-year institution. Students are encouraged to take part in performance opportunities for both music and non-music majors. Areas of focus include, audio recording and production, digital audio for media, sound reinforcement, and music business principles.

Contact Information

Chair: Dan Siegel

Dean: Jonathan Fohrman

Department: Music

Office: Building OC4700, 760.795.6844

Full-Time Faculty

Christy Coobatis
Dan Siegel

Associate Degree

Degree programs include the completion of a general education (GE) pattern of courses. The knowledge, skills, and abilities gained as a result of completing general education, referred to as GE outcomes, can be viewed here.

Associate in Arts Degree

Music Technology

Students may earn the above-named associate degree by completing a certificate of achievement and the general education courses required for the Associate in Arts degree (see Associate Degrees). Students should meet with a MiraCosta counselor to identify required courses and to develop a written education plan for the specific degree or certificate they wish to earn.


Program Student Learning Outcome Statement:

  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to teach methods to use current technologies to create a high-quality musical presentation suitable for broadcast and live sound within a given timeline.
  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to work within a group to produce an audio recording and live sound presentation using audio equipment, such as mixers, audio recorders, signal processors, patch bays, and microphones.
  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to choose, position, and configure microphones and preamplifiers to accurately capture, store, amplify and distribute audio.

Certificates

Certificate of Achievement

Music Technology

This certificate prepares students for jobs in the field of audio recording, production, and audio in live performance presentations. The curriculum includes in-depth study of recording arts from general study to production of a final product suitable for presentation within a portfolio. Students learn all aspects of the process from the perspective of a recording engineer to that of a performer.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement:

  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to teach methods to use current technologies to create a high-quality musical presentation suitable for broadcast and live sound within a given timeline.
  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to work within a group to produce an audio recording and live sound presentation using audio equipment, such as mixers, audio recorders, signal processors, patch bays, and microphones.
  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to choose, position, and configure microphones and preamplifiers to accurately capture, store, amplify and distribute audio.
Music Technology Core Coursework
MTEC 110Recording Arts I2
MTEC 111Recording Arts II2
MTEC 120Digital Audio Production I2
MTEC 130MIDI2
MTEC 140Sound Reinforcement I2
MTEC 141Sound Reinforcement II2
MTEC 150Audio Equipment Maintenance2
MTEC 210Recording Arts III2
MTEC 211Recording Arts IV2
MTEC 220Digital Audio Production II2
Music Theory and Performance Training:4-5
Introduction to Music Theory
Piano I
Piano II
Guitar I
Guitar II
Vocal Fundamentals
Masterworks Chorale
Music Notation
Select one course, not used above, from the following courses:2-3
Songwriting
Music Notation
Business of Music I
Select at least three units from the following courses:3
Internship Studies
Occupational Cooperative Work Experience
Auto Electronic Fundamentals
Small Business Management
Marketing
Customer Service
Advertising and Promotion
Entrepreneur I
Group Communication
C++ Programming
Advanced C++ Programming
Computer Applications
Fundamentals of Computer Information Systems
Social Media for Business
Technology, the Individual, and Society
Voice and Diction
Introduction to Film
Media Design 1: Production
Web Design 1: Fundamentals
Animation and Interactivity
Video 1: Production
Web Design 2: Tools and Techniques
Portfolio Development
Total Units29-31

Certificate of Achievement

Business of Music

This program begins with the fundamentals of intellectual property and contract law and expands to the strategies of exploitation of creative works in today's marketplace. Students who complete the Business of Music program can apply their skills to professional positions in all facets of the entertainment industry.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement:

  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of intellectual property laws as they specifically apply to the music industry.
  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to understand the process of affiliation with the appropriate organizations for the registration and collection of copyright royalties.
  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to understand and interpret contracts and terminology specifically found in the entertainment industry.
Required courses: 
MUS 115Introduction to Western Music3
or MUS 116 A Survey of World Music
MTEC 160Business of Music I3
MTEC 260Business of Music II2
Business Electives - Select nine units from the following:9
Small Business Management
Management Principles
Human Relations in Business
Legal Environment of Business
Legal Environment of Business (Honors)
Entrepreneur I
Entrepreneur II
Internship - Select two units from the following:2
Internship Studies
Internship Studies
Total Units19

Certificate of Achievement

Live Performance Audio

This certificate prepares students for jobs in the field of sound reinforcement and live sound production. The curriculum represents a range of course work that encompasses the technical and performance aspects of concert presentations. Areas of focus include public address (PA) system operation and maintenance, stage lighting/stagecraft, and concert production. Students study basic performance skills to understand sound reinforcement from both the engineer's and the performer's perspective.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement:

  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to assemble the components used to create a professional caliber sound reinforcement system.
  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to organize, plan, manage, and complete a live concert recording according to professional standards.
Music Technology Core Courses:
MTEC 110Recording Arts I2
MTEC 111Recording Arts II2
MTEC 130MIDI2
MTEC 140Sound Reinforcement I2
MTEC 141Sound Reinforcement II2
MTEC 150Audio Equipment Maintenance2
DRAM 141Stage Lighting3
DRAM 256Stagecraft3
Performance (choose one course from the following):1-2
Piano I
Guitar I
Vocal Fundamentals
Music Notation
Choose one course from the following:3
Introduction to Music Theory
History of Rock and Roll
Introduction to Western Music
Jazz History
Jazz History (Honors)
Choose three units from the following courses: *3
Internship Studies
Occupational Cooperative Work Experience
Total Units25-26

 * MTEC 292 or MTEC 299 - Certificate requires a minimum of three units from any combination of MTEC 292 (.5-3 units) and MTEC 299 (1-4 units).

Certificate of Proficiency

Music Technology

The Music Technology Certificate is designed to provide concepts and application of principles needed to successfully operate and maintain audio equipment. The curricula ranges from the recording studio to stage and touring. Upon successful completion a student will possess skills necessary for employment as an audio technician, producer, engineer and music products salesperson.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement:

  • Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to achieve proficiency in various aspects of music technology such as equipment setup, procurement, and application.
Required courses: 
DRAM 141Stage Lighting2-3
or MTEC 105 Music Notation
MTEC 110Recording Arts I2
MTEC 120Digital Audio Production I2
MTEC 130MIDI2
MTEC 140Sound Reinforcement I2
MTEC 150Audio Equipment Maintenance2
Select three elective units from the following:3
Internship Studies
Directed Study in Music Technology
Occupational Cooperative Work Experience
Total Units15-16

Courses Related in Content (CRC)

Active participatory music technology courses that are related in content are grouped together. Students are allowed four enrollments within each CRC group, but each course may be taken only once unless its catalog description indicates it is repeatable. Enrollments include any combination of course completions (with an evaluative or nonevaluative symbol recorded on the student's transcript), withdrawals, and repetition.

Digital Audio Production CRC
Digital Audio Production I
Digital Audio Production II
Recording Arts CRC
Recording Arts I
Recording Arts II
Recording Arts III
Recording Arts IV
Sound Reinforcement CRC
Sound Reinforcement I
Sound Reinforcement II

How to Read Course Descriptions

For more detailed information about a course, such as its content, objectives, and fulfillment of a degree, certificate, or general education requirement, please see the official course outline of record, available at http://www.miracosta.edu/governance/coursesandprograms/courseoutlines.html.

Courses

MTEC 105: Music Notation

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MUS 100.
Advisory: MUS 120, MUS 130, MUS 141, MTEC 120, or MTEC 130.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: F OR SP

This course provides training in the use of music notation software for the preparation of professional-quality musical scores. It reviews the basic elements of music theory as well as the historical development and standardization of notation.

MTEC 110: Recording Arts I

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This first in a sequence of four recording arts courses presents an introductory overview of the audio production process. Topics include the physics of sound, transducers, audio processors, and recording-studio logistics.

MTEC 111: Recording Arts II

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 110.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This second course in a recording arts sequence continues the introduction to recording music technology begun in MUS 181. It covers multi-track recording and management procedures. Students utilize the recording studio to fulfill specific assignments.

MTEC 120: Digital Audio Production I

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 110.
Advisory: MTEC 111.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course provides a survey of various software, hardware, and procedures involved with digital audio presentations. Specific subject areas include audio component identification and system integration. Course work includes the Avid Pro Tools 101 Certification test.

MTEC 130: MIDI

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This survey course explores the full range of Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) capable software equipment and associated production techniques for music composition, performance, and recording. Students who have completed or are concurrently enrolled in MTEC 120 qualify for Avid Pro Tools 110 testing upon successful completion of MTEC 130.

MTEC 140: Sound Reinforcement I

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: F

This course provides an overview of live concert sound reinforcement. Topics include theory and application of individual sound system components, such as microphones, mixers, amplifiers, and speakers. Students apply principles to concert situations throughout the semester.

MTEC 141: Sound Reinforcement II

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 140.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: SP

This course covers advanced topics in sound system design, stage management/organization, and sound checks. Topics include troubleshooting and repair, live concert recording, and live concert interfacing with MIDI and video systems. The lab presents field opportunities for students to apply knowledge in concert situations.

MTEC 150: Audio Equipment Maintenance

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 192.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: SP

This course introduces audio maintenance, calibration, and minor repair as well electronic building tips as they pertain to music and theatre. Students learn basic electronic principles and how they relate to matching audio components in various system design applications for recording and sound reinforcement. Topics include impedance matching, power rating, and parallel and series type wiring as well as hands-on work with basic electronic maintenance/repair kits. The course emphasizes safety issues with electricity.

MTEC 160: Business of Music I

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: F

This course explores the essential topics that every music professional should be knowledgeable about, including the essence of intellectual property, copyright law, publishing administration, performing rights organizations, recording contracts, and artist representation. These concepts are then applied to the artist attempting to navigate the landscape of the current music business.

MTEC 210: Recording Arts III

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 111.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: F

This third in a four-course sequence provides an in-depth technical and applied study of recording techniques covered in the previous recording arts courses. Topics include effects and dynamics processing and complex routing used in the context of the multi-track recording and mixdown. Students work within a group and utilize studio time to complete assignments.

MTEC 211: Recording Arts IV

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 210.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: SP

This fourth and final course in the recording arts technology sequence involves technical, personnel, and musical elements for final production of commercial music projects. Students individually organize and complete an outlined production of a workforce-ready product in a multi-track recording facility.

MTEC 220: Digital Audio Production II

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 120.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: SP

This course provides a hands-on, programmed study and application of Pro Tools and related audio software. Specific subject areas include system organization and logic, software operation, hardware configuration, and advanced editing and production procedures. Course work includes the Avid Pro Tools 201 Certification test.

MTEC 260: Business of Music II

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 160.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: SP

This second in a two course series covers music distribution, licensing, synchronization, marketing, and promotion in today's changing marketplace. Students learn effective methods for submitting creative works for representation as well as how to create a business strategy for an independent record release, with the ultimate goal of deriving income from music sales and publishing sources.

MTEC 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Course Typically Offered: TBA

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

MTEC 296: Topics in Music Technology

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: TBA

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Music Technology that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

MTEC 298: Directed Study in Music Technology

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 6 hours. (1005.00)
Course Typically Offered: TBA

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

MTEC 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Course Typically Offered: TBA

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.