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Professional Score Production

Course Code: MUSC 1172
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Through lecture/demonstrations and hands-on lab work students will create professional musical scores and parts. Topics include score and part formats, data entry, notated and graphic representations, proofing, playback, part extraction, instructions and diagrams, score aesthetics, publisher formats, and binding and presentation.

Course Content

  1. Standard score formats and representations
  2. Score layout and considerations
  3. Manual score preparation
  4. Graphic-based vs. rule-based representation
  5. Entry and/or importing data
  6. Transposition and Ranges
  7. Scanning and data conversion
  8. Local and global score data
  9. Notational practices for rhythm, clusters, accidentals
  10. Complex and graphic notation, tab, chord symbols
  11. Score instructions/graphics
  12. Part extraction
  13. Part preparation and score binding
  14. Publication formats

Methods of Instruction

Lecture/demonstration. Students will work on in-class exercises in the Technology Lab, and will complete regular exercises and assignments outside of class time.

Means of Assessment

Weekly assignments 30%

Quizzes (minimum of 2) 15%

Midterm Project 15%

Final Project 40%

Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

Through lecture/demonstrations and hands-on work students will learn to produce professional quality scores and parts. A variety of software packages will be examined and used as part of understanding the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to music representation.

On the successful completion of this course students will be able take hand-written scores or sequenced data and quickly create scores and parts useable by professionals in situations ranging from studio recording sessions to symphony orchestra performances. Students will be able to provide score and part excerpts for the publishing industry, including lead sheets, children’s books, and academic journals.

course prerequisites

Music Technology Diploma program entrance or permission of instructor



curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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