CART11009 - Music Production 1: Fundamental Recording and Performance
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit, you will explore the basic skills of recording, presenting and performing your music. By spending time in the recording and production studios, you will gain fundamental skills in recording audio, loops, and using MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) instruments. You will attend classes in production, instrumental skills, movement, and stagecraft. Over the term you will record a portfolio of three songs in consultation with a tutor. You will also perform in an open performance of solo and duo acts from first-year students.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Cairns

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Practical Assessment 50%
3. Written Assessment 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify and explain music technology fundamentals associated with audio including signal flow, microphones, recording, mixing, production, mastering and audio concepts
  2. Describe music technology fundamentals associated with MIDI (musical instrument digital interface)
  3. Apply basic digital audio and MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) technologies in a manner that displays technical and creative understanding and fluency
  4. Perform on a chosen instrument in a manner that displays practical and creative understanding and fluency.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)      
2 - Practical Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication        
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking    
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)    
2 - Practical Assessment            
3 - Written Assessment        

Prescribed Textbooks

Pro Tools 101: An Introduction to Pro Tools 11
Author/s: Frank D. Cook Year: 2013
Edition: Publisher: Cengage Learning
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

This book presently (November 2016) is not available in an e-book (kindle) format. There is one available for the previous version of the program so please be advised it is coming, whether it arrives before the course begins or not is unknown at this time.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • ebook - Cook, F. Pro Tools 101: An Introduction to Pro-Tools 11
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRob Woodward (r.woodward@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Performance: Introduction

Recording: What is pro-tools?

Open un-assessed performance(s)

Week 2 13-03-2017

Performance: Anxiety

Recording: Basic functionality

Un-assessed student performance (group A)

Week 3 20-03-2017

Performance: Speaking to the audience

Recording: Building Sessions

Un-assessed student performance (group B)

Online Quiz Thurs/Fri

Week 4 27-03-2017

Performance: The art of the critique

Recording: Recording Audio

Un-assessed student performance (group C)

Recordings plan due Thursday 8.30am

Week 5 03-04-2017

Performance: Preparation 1

Recording: Importing media

Assessed student performance 1 (group A)

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Vacation

Vacation

Week 6 17-04-2017

Performance: Preparation 2

Recording: MIDI

Assessed student performance 1 (group B)

Online Quiz Thurs/Fri

Week 7 24-04-2017

Performance: Appearance

Recording: Looping

Assessed student performance 1 (group C)

Week 8 01-05-2017

Performance: Interview and Audition technique

Recording: Configuring sessions

Open un-assessed performance

Week 9 08-05-2017

Performance: ‘Jamming’

Recording: Editing techniques

Open un-assessed performance

Online Quiz Thurs/Fri

Week 10 15-05-2017

Performance: No lecture

Recording: Mixing

Formal audition style performance 2 (all students)

Week 11 22-05-2017

Performance: Performing and recording live.

Recording: Enhancing

Open un-assessed performance

Week 12 29-05-2017

Performance: No lecture

Recording: Bouncing

All students perform Assessed student performance 3 (no lecture or ensemble work)

Online Quiz Thurs/Fri

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Creative Forum Essay due Monday 5th June 8.30am

Recordings portfolio due Thursday 8.30am

Practical Assessment (Recording and Performance) Due Thursday (08 Jun 17) 08:30 AM AEST
Written Assessment Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 08:30 AM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description

Assessment one of CART11009 is comprised of a series of four quizzes undertaken online in weeks three, six, nine and twelve.

  • Questions may be multiple choice, short, or long answer, or any other. Marks are assigned based on the difficulty of the question and the format (For example, a long answer will be awarded more marks than a multiple choice).
  • Some questions will assess materials from the readings or the lectures (onlne or in-person). A time limit of thirty minutes will be assigned. Questions will be drawn mainly from production, but some performance related questions may appear.
  • The quiz will be open at 12.01am of the Thursday and close at 11.59pm on Friday of the assigned week. If the Friday is a public holiday, the quiz will be held Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Only one attempt will be permitted.
  • At the closing time, all open quizzes will be automatically submitted. The quiz will be closed and reopening will not be possible.
  • The quizzes will collectively contribute 30% of a student's mark.
Number of Quizzes 4
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Quizzes are due in Weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12. They will become available at 12.01am on the Thursday of the week, and will close at 11.59pm on Friday
Return Date to Students On the Tuesday after the quiz
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
  • Quiz 1 (Week 3) will cover material from Weeks 1-3 and is worth 7.5 marks
  • Quiz 2 (Week 6) will cover material from Weeks 4-6 and is worth 7.5 marks
  • Quiz 3 (Week 9) will cover material from Weeks 7-9 and is worth 7.5 marks
  • Quiz 4 (Week 12) will cover material from Weeks 10-12 and is worth 7.5 marks
Submission Online

Quizzes are completed between 12.01am on the Thursday of the week and 11.59pm on Friday, They are completed on Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Apply basic digital audio and MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) technologies in a manner that displays technical and creative understanding and fluency

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment (Recording and Performance)
Task Description

Performance (25%)

10% Ensemble, judged on performance at all public events

5% per solo performance (3 overall)

Recording (25%)

A recording plan is due Thursday week 4 (2.5%)

3 pieces are to be recorded and submitted in a portfolio due Thursday 8th June Exam week (22.5%)

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Thursday (08-Jun-2017) 08:30 AM AEST
Performances in class, as arranged, Recordings due 8th June 8.30am
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Mark returned on certification of grades
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Recording

Production of synthetic tracks (25%)

Recording of 'live' tracks (25%)

Mixing (25%)

Mastering (25%)

Performance

Performance musicality and technicality (60%)

Presentation: Stagecraft, appearance and audience engagement (20%)

Peer assessment (20%)

RECORDING #1

A fully acoustic recording, using only microphones, physical instruments and vocals. e.g. duo type performance featuring one instrument and a vocal. The instrument can be anything provided it is recorded with a microphone and the performers are monitoring through headphones: acoustic guitar, electric guitar through an amplifier, upright or grand piano (not electric), or similar. Double-tracking the instrument and add harmony vocals is optional, but not a requirement. The assessment requires a minimum of two tracks (instrument and vocal). Everything in the recording must be captured acoustically with microphones and monitored through headphones.

RECORDING #2

A short recording using synthetic sources from Protools (no more than 2 minutes in length).

i) it must use no more than eight tracks;

ii) at least four tracks must be sourced from within Protools;

iii) at least one of the tracks must be captured with a microphone with the performer wearing headphones (as per Recording #1).

RECORDING #3

Reproduce a live performance made in front of an audience convincingly. A solo or duo is suggested however the size of the ensemble is the choice of the student. Recording in performance class is permitted provided that is discussed and approved by the lecturer.

Capture all the microphone signals coming off stage along with adding microphones to capture the sonic balance in the room and audience reaction.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Online, through moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Identify and explain music technology fundamentals associated with audio including signal flow, microphones, recording, mixing, production, mastering and audio concepts

2. Describe music technology fundamentals associated with MIDI (musical instrument digital interface)

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

A reflective essay on the Creative Arts Forum held each monday 9.30-11am.

Compare and contrast at least three of the guests in the creative industries forum. Do they feel the same about the industry? How do the differ? How has this impacted on your own career planning? (1200+ words)

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 08:30 AM AEST
Due Monday 5th June 8.30am
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Returned within two weeks
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Information/Data (15%)

Structure (20%)

Argument (25%)

Support (15%)

Presentation (15%)

Implementation of APA Style (10%)

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit online through moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Apply basic digital audio and MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) technologies in a manner that displays technical and creative understanding and fluency

4. Perform on a chosen instrument in a manner that displays practical and creative understanding and fluency.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence




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