As technology becomes an increasingly pervasive feature of artistic practice, it’s important for those pursuing careers in music to understand how to use the tools commonly used in the creation, performance, and distribution of music. Students enrolled in MUS 319D will learn how to use a digital audio workstation to record/edit/mix musical performances, synchronize recordings with video, create original compositions, and learn the basic concepts behind synthesis and digital signal processing, as well as how to use studio and live sound equipment to record and perform music.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts, additional emphasis will be placed on giving musicians the skills necessary to perform music in the absence of traditional means and venues of performance (e.g. live-streaming, etc.). Coursework will consist of a series of short writing assignments and practical assignments designed to give students hands-on experience working with digital audio workstations, by applying learned skills and concepts directly to their artistic and professional practice.

Instructor: Monte Taylor

This course has two sections on Monday and Wednesday, one from 8 – 9:30am and the other at 9:30 – 11am. There are no prerequisites.


Required Materials

  • Computer
  • One of the following: Apple Logic Pro X (recommended), Reaper, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Studio One, etc. (this will vary depending on the student’s respective budget, operating system, etc.)
  • An Audio Interface w/Microphone or Field Recorder (this will vary depending on the student’s respective instrument, budget, etc.)