If you take this course, you must read and agree to the following policies.
We will use Max, by Cycling '74, for the entire course. You can do your work with Max in the studio (or sometimes in M373 in the Music Library), but you will progress more quickly if you install the program on your own computer (running macOS or Windows). If you have a laptop, you can then bring it to class when we work on Max patching. This helps some people to learn the program better.
You can use Max with full functionality for one month for free. Installation requires a Cycling '74 account to move beyond demo mode, so that you can save files.
When your free time is up, you can rent Max by the month for $10 a month. It’s also possible to pay $59 for a one-year subscription (student ID submission to Cycling '74 required). If you can see yourself using the program for longer, consider buying a “permanent” license for $250 (academic). For more info, go here: https://cycling74.com/shop. See the “For individual students and teachers” section on that page.
If you’re planning on participating in the IRCAM summer program, you definitely should get at least the one-year subscription, as Max is the main platform for learning in that course.
Work on your assignments and final project should be completed in MC304, the studio for this class, with the exception of some Max assignments, which you can also work on in M373 or on your own computer.
You reserve studio time via our web sign-up calendar. Click the studio link at the top of any course page to go to this calendar.
We use a keypad access code for the studio doors. DO NOT SHARE THIS CODE WITH ANYONE! Do not mention the code or anything about its construction (e.g., number of characters) on social media, or to anyone. Doing so reduces the security of the code, even if you don’t reveal it.
We ask that you respect the equipment and use your best judgment in protecting the security of the studio.
Please report all broken equipment or software immediately to both Prof. Gibson and Prof. Wang (email links on the course home page).
Guests are not permitted without prior approval and then only for class assignment purposes. In particular, doing work for others using studio equipment (recording, editing recitals, etc.) is strictly forbidden!
You will submit in Canvas a series of listening responses to the assigned pieces. These are graded pass/fail and must be done before the group class to receive a passing grade.
There are occasional short, in-class content quizzes to encourage you to do the reading before the group class.
The eight exercises are graded pass/fail. You must submit them in Canvas by midnight on Thursday to be eligible for a passing grade. If you receive an incomplete on an exercise, you may resubmit it the following Thursday for reconsideration.
The two projects receive letter grades. Grades depend on how well you satisfy the technical and musical requirements. In addition, there is a subjective component of your grade, based on our judgment of the musical quality of your submission.
The descriptions of the exercises and projects are online, linked from the syllabus page. Timely completion of work is an important part of your grade. For the projects, which take longer than a week to do, we expect to see evidence of weekly progress. If you’re having trouble completing your work on time, it is your responsibility to contact Prof. Wang for advice.
Here are the grade weights.
|Quizzes and Listening Responses||15%|
Incompletes will be granted only as per University policy.
Because much of the material in this class can only be mastered from hands-on experience and in-class observation, more than two unexcused absences or being consistently late will result in a lowered grade.
Our attendance policies apply to both class and tutorial, collectively. For example, if you miss one class and one tutorial without excuses, you’ve used up your two free unexcused absences.
Each unexcused absence after the second reduces your final grade by 2 points. For example, if you have 4 unexcused absences, and your final grade would otherwise be 90 (A-), then factoring in your unexcused absences would give you 86 (B).
Students with greater than six (6) total absences, including both excused and unexcused, may have their grade lowered at the sole discretion of the course instructors.
Please do not assume that you can move freely between different tutorial times to accommodate your changing schedule. Sometimes it’s possible for you to swap with another student, but we want to avoid having more than three people in a tutorial.
Being late is especially disruptive in the Tuesday group class, because you may have to climb over other students to get to a chair in our small room. We usually have to stop class to wait for this and will spend the time glaring at you.
Absences will be considered excused only in the following cases:
- Illness. If this lasts for a week or less, no documentation is necessary. If it lasts long enough for you to visit a health care provider, please provide a note from this person. If you are likely to be contagious, please don’t come to class. You will be excused.
- Family emergency.
- Religious holiday.
- School-sanctioned event, for which excuse letters are written.
- Travel for a reasonable number of job interviews or auditions, cleared in advance with the instructors.
In all these cases, please notify both instructors by email before the missed class begins, unless there is a good reason why that is not possible.
Please do not ask us to excuse your attendance or late assignments because you have important work in other courses. You have to plan for this possibility.
During class, texting, checking email, using social media, or visiting web pages not relevant to the course material may result in an unexcused absence.
There is no way to make up for unexcused absences. We do not offer extra credit assignments.If you have an excused absence, you may arrange for a make-up quiz, to take place as soon as possible after you return to school.
Working successfully with computers requires backing up your files frequently to several types of media: a USB drive or a cloud service, such as IU Box or Dropbox. 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.
Also, develop the habit of saving in sequential versions. In other words, make a series of copies that reflects your progress on the project — for example, “my project Oct-10,” “my project Oct-11,” etc.
Catastrophic loss of files is not an acceptable excuse for a late project!
For technical questions, questions about assignments, or to set up individual help, email both Prof. Gibson and Prof. Wang (email links on course home page). We try to provide as much individual help as possible, since we understand this is a difficult subject to master. We ask, however, that you double-check manuals and the readings before contacting us, since either may provide answers to your problem. Don’t get into deep trouble before asking for help! That is what we are here for.
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 at disabilityservices.indiana.edu, 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. You can also locate a variety of campus resources for students and visitors that need assistance at www.iu.edu/~ada/index.shtml.
As your instructor, one of my responsibilities is to create a positive learning environment for all students. Bias incidents (events or comments that target an individual or group based on age, color, religion, disability, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status) are not appropriate in our classroom or on campus. What should you do if you witness or experience a bias incident? See it? Hear it? Report it by submitting a report online at biasincident.indiana.edu, or by calling the Dean of Students Office (812-855-8187).
As your instructor, one of my responsibilities is to create a positive learning environment for all students. Title IX (federal policy) and IU’s Sexual Misconduct Policy prohibit sexual misconduct in any form, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, 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 Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS) at 812-855-8900 (counseling services)
- Confidential Victim Advocates (CVA) at 812-856-2469 (advocacy and advice services)
- IU Health Center at 812-855-4011 (health and medical services)
It is also important that you know that Title IX and University policy require me to share any information about potential sexual misconduct brought to my attention with the campus Deputy Title IX Coordinator or IU’s 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 who need to know, so that the University can respond and assist.
I encourage you to visit stopsexualviolence.iu.edu to learn more.
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