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N-CMT01: Creative Music Technology

Music Production Course
COURSE INFORMATIONCURRICULUM LAYOUT

OVERVIEW

The one-year Certificate in Creative Music Technology specializes in Digital Music Production on computer based on the latest techniques used in a DAW and music studio setup.

The course focuses on the creative aspects of music production like MIDI sequencing and programming, music theory, arranging techniques, mixing and mastering.

A broad range of musical genres, production techniques, and industry standard software packages are dealt with in a practical way, therefore graduates will be able to produce music in a variety of styles.

REQUIREMENTS

Apart from the minimum requirements for enrollment into a Higher Certificate as specified by the Department of Higher Education, we recommend some additional conditions to ensure that our students have the potential to successfully complete the course and excel in the music industry.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

   National Senior Certificate or equivalent NQF level 4 Qualification. (You may submit your latest matric results on early registrations)
   Musical Aptitude: Passing of a Music Aptitude Test
   Computer literacy
   English Language aptitude: speaking, reading, writing and comprehension.
   Basic mathematical ability.

RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS (but not compulsory):

   A Passion for music
   Playing a music instrument
   Diligence, punctuality and dedication
   Analytical mindset and problem-solving skills.
   An Inquisitive attitude
 

ABOUT CLASSES

On average, students enrolled for the CMT01 course will have 10 hours of class a week scheduled between 9:00 and 17:00, Mondays to Thursdays.

Additional studio- and practical time can be scheduled for production work. Since your lectures are hands-on practical based where theoretical concepts are demonstrated and practiced, it is compulsory to attend all lectures.

PRESCRIBED MATERIAL

TEXTBOOKS

The prescribed course textbooks are not included in the course fee. All other course notes and material are included.

SOFTWARE

The course is presented but (not limited) on the latest version of the DAW Cubase and Reason

In order to work remotely as well, it is recommended that students obtain their own licenses of the primary software platforms.

HARDWARE

Everything you need to successfully complete the course is provided for on Campus during your sessions.

All enrolled students can book and use the College's fully equipped studios and practice room to complete their practical projects during the course.

If you want to gain more experience in music technology, excel at the software used in the course and be able to complete assessment tasks remotely, it is strongly recommended that you have access to your own DAW setup.

Registered students qualify for up to 50% student discount on software and hardware.

Studio Sound Engineering I

Subject Name: SSE101
Module Credits: 30
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The studio sound engineering module is designed to impart the necessary theoretical, practical and reflexive skills required to equip the learner with a resilient skill set which will allow him/her to work in and adapt to a variety of recording studio environments.
 
The fundamentals of sound
Studio layout
Digital Audio
Cables and connectors
MIDI basics
Recording Techniques
Microphones
Dynamics
Equalization
Digital effects
Reverberation
Mastering
Mixing

Music Production Technique I

Subject Name: MPT101
Module Credits: 30
Stand-alone course: View Details
 
The Music Production Technique 101 module is designed to impart the necessary theoretical, practical and creative skills required to equip the learner with a resilient skill set which will allow him/her to compose and create original musical works for a variety of application including but not limited to jingles sound bites full tracks and soundtracks for audio visual application.
 
Sequencing drums
Sequencing strings and pads
Song construction
Creating backtracks
Sequencing Bass
Sequencing leads
Creative use of effects
Remixing

Contemporary Music Theory I

Subject Name: CMT101
Module Credits: 15
Stand-alone course: N/A
 
The Contemporary Music Theory module is designed to provide learners with a solid foundation in applied music theory. The module is a combination of pragmatic music theory, keyboard technique and musical ear development. The aim of the module is to enable the learner to communicate effectively with musicians and composers; and through an understanding of the principles underlying the language of music to broaden the creative aptitude of budding composers and producers.
 
Introduction to music theory
Time signatures
Basic Tonality and Scales
Introduction to Chords
Basic Chord Progressions
Basic Keyboard Technique
Key Signatures
Remixing

Music Production Software - Cubase

Subject Name: MPC101 (Cubase)
Module Credits: 25
 
The Music Production Software Cubase 101 module deals with the theoretical, practical and creative skills required to utilize this internationally recognised DAW software for basic audio recording, production, editing, mixing and mastering..
 
Introduction to Cubase
Recording audio and MIDI
Editing MIDI
Automation
Real-time Audio Effects
VST Connections
Audio Editing
The Virtual Mixer
Audio Processing
Mixing & Matering
 

Music Production Software - Reason

 
Subject Name: MSR101 (Reason)
Module Credits: 25
Stand-alone course: N/A
 
The Music Software Reason 101 module is designed to impart the necessary theoretical, practical and creative skills required to utilize this internationally recognised DAW software for production sound design and effects processing.
 
Introduction to Reason
Reason Rewire
Production with Reason
Mixing in Reason
Reason Samplers
Reason Synthesizers
Reason Drum Machines

Ear Training I

Subject Name: MET101
Module Credits: 5
Stand-alone course: N/A
 
The Ear training 101 module is designed to provide learners with the practical trainings necessary to refine their perception of musical sound. The module enhances students’ critical audio perception skills needed to improve performance as sound engineers / producers.
 
Rhythm recognition
Chord recognition
Musical memory Development
Interval and scale recognition
Pitch and melody

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