If you take this course, you must read and agree to the following policies.
Work in this course takes several forms: assignments, exercises, quizzes, and a final project.
- Assignments are creative projects oriented around a particular set of technical concerns. You make music while fulfilling requirements that help you learn the software. Assignments are given a letter grade.
- Exercises are more limited and less time-consuming than assignments; they are graded pass/fail.
- Quizzes test your comprehension of the course web pages and interactive applications, as well as the things the instructor says in class. Topics include acoustics, the MIDI system, synthesis and sampling, digital audio theory, and various functions of the software we use. You take the quizzes online during class.
- The Final Project will be a musical work that employs the skills learned in the course. There are fewer technical requirements and constraints for this project than for the assignments, so this is your chance to branch out. Most people will want to continue with Reason, but I permit those with access to other software to do some or all of their work on the project using it.
Course work handed in after the due date may be assessed a late penalty.
The exercises are graded pass/fail. Each failing exercise will lower your final course grade by 1 point.
Assignments generally list some technical and musical requirements. How well you satisfy these requirements forms the bulk of your grade. In addition, there is a subjective component of your grade, based on my judgment of the musical quality of your submission.
N561 students have additional requirements.
I expect you to attend class meetings and to participate in small group meetings and discussions held during those meetings.
I take attendance (a verbal roll call) at the beginning of each class meeting. I do so for several reasons, including: it helps me connect names with actual people; almost every class meeting features hands-on work with software, to practice application of new knowledge and skills, following my in-class demonstration; regular attendance fosters engagement with the course material and leads to a likelihood of success in the course; and finally, due to federal student financial aid requirements, the university requires instructors to confirm student attendance.
If you aren’t feeling well, do not attend class.
Class is offered in person this semester. Class meetings will not be recorded. Links to class meeting videos recorded during a prior semester, taught online, can be found on our Canvas site. You may watch those if you have to miss class and need to catch up.
There is no penalty to your final course grade for missing class.
Computer files are fragile things, and working successfully with them means backing up frequently to several types of media: USB drives or cloud services. You should have multiple versions of every file you’re working on. You should have at least two recent copies of anything irreplaceable. Don’t keep them all on a single flash drive, which might break or get lost. Doing this is a critical part of making music (or doing anything else) with computers.
Catastrophic loss of files is not an acceptable excuse for a late project!
I assign web page readings, tutorial videos, and interactive applications. You must do these activities during the week in which they are listed on the syllabus. There will be several online, open-book quizzes.
See the Quizzes page in the course website for more information on quizzes.
Students in this course have a wide variety of backgrounds: some are music majors, some are music minors, some have been making music for a long time, while others have little experience with music beyond listening to it. Whatever your background, I expect consistent progress and effort throughout the semester. This means you should not simply fulfill the minimum technical requirements of the projects, but also challenge yourself musically and creatively.
As in all your other courses, you will be held to Indiana University standards covering academic misconduct, as outlined in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
Every attempt will be made to accommodate qualified students with disabilities (e.g., mental health, learning, chronic health, physical, hearing, vision, neurological, etc.) You must have established your eligibility for support services through the appropriate office that helps students with disabilities. Note that services are confidential, may take time to put into place, and are not retroactive. Please contact Disability Services for Students, or 812-855-7578, as soon as possible if you need accommodations. The office is located on the third floor, west tower, of the Wells Library, Room W302. Walk-ins are welcome 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.
Bias-based incident reports can be made by students, faculty and staff. Any act of discrimination or harassment based on race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability can be reported through any of these options: 1) email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; 2) call the Dean of Students Office at (812) 855-8188; or 3) use the IU mobile App (m.iu.edu). Reports can be made anonymously (https://studentaffairs.indiana.edu/student-support/get-help/report-bias-incident/index.html).
As your instructor, one of my responsibilities is to create a positive learning environment for all students. Title IX (federal policy) and IU policy prohibit sexual misconduct in any form, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, sexual exploitation, and dating and domestic violence. If you have experienced sexual misconduct, or know someone who has, the University can help.
If you are seeking help and would like to speak to someone confidentially, you can make an appointment with the IU Sexual Assault Crisis Services at 812-855-5711 or contact a Confidential Victim Advocate at 812-856-2469 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is also important that you know that University policy requires me to share certain information brought to my attention about potential sexual misconduct, with the campus Deputy Sexual Misconduct & Title IX Coordinator or the University Sexual Misconduct & Title IX Coordinator. In that event, those individuals will work to ensure that appropriate measures are taken and resources are made available. Protecting student privacy is of utmost concern, and information will only be shared with those that need to know to ensure the University can respond and assist. I encourage you to visit stopsexualviolence.iu.edu to learn more.
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