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Music Technology Diploma Prep Courses

These courses are the ideal preparation for the entrance assessment to the Douglas College Music Technology Diploma program, or for those interested in an introduction to recording engineering technology and music theory. No previous experience is necessary.


MTD Prep Theory | CRN 11358 |Instructor: Allen Stiles

This class is offered on Saturday afternoons and will be held in Room N3220 (Piano Lab) at the New Westminster campus.

The class will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday, February 29, March 7, 14, 21 and 28: 12:00 – 3:00pm
  • It is expected that students will attend each session of the class as scheduled

This course is designed to teach the rudimentary elements of music theory, and to prepare the student to meet the requirements for the MTD theory entrance assessment. The materials covered in this class are approximate to the materials assessed by the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Grade 8 Theory Exam.

Course Overview:

1.  Basic notation of pitch and rhythm

2.  An understanding of and the ability to notate:

  • The Major/Minor scale system including key signatures and the circle of fifths
  • Intervals
  • Chords, including both triads and 7th chords and their inversions
  • Simple and Compound time, time signatures, and the conventions of organizing rhythm into complete measures

3.  An introduction to modes and other scale systems, as time allows

Students will be exempt from writing the MTD Theory assessment based on their class work and results of the final quiz. Those whose results are low or borderline will be asked to write the assessment and be provided with specific areas to work on to help them to succeed.

It should be noted that this course is highly intensive, and is best suited for the musician who wishes to review and solidify their understanding of theory. Further, it is more suited for the highly motivated student with some basic ideas of theory and notation who can absorb this material very quickly than the one with absolutely no experience in reading or writing music or of an understanding of basic scales and chords. For the student with no previous music theory experience, it is strongly recommended that they study and learn at least some very basic music theory before taking this course.

Required Textbook:
The required text for this course is a workbook called ‘The Complete Elementary Music Rudiments’ (M. Sarnecki, 2nd Ed.), and is available at Long & McQuade stores.  The prospective student is encouraged to get it and begin studying it well before the course begins.

Fee:
The fee for the class is $395.00 + GST ($19.75) = $414.75
Payment is due at time of registration.
Visa and Mastercard accepted.

To Register:
Register Online, Contact the Registrar’s Office: 604 527 5472, or Visit the Registrar’s Office in person (New Westminster or Coquitlam campus).

Please tell the Registrar’s Office that you are registering for a non-credit course through the Community Music School.  
To register you will need your Douglas College student number and the CRN for this course: CRN 11358.


MTD Prep Technology | CRN 11357 | Instructor: Dave Martone

This class is offered on Monday evenings and will be held in Room N3220 (Piano Lab) at the New Westminster campus.

The class will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • It is expected that students will attend each session of the class as scheduled

Course Overview:
Through lecture/demonstrations and hands-on lab work, this course will introduce the basic theoretical and practical applications of digital music technology, in particular the project-studio environment: a computer based Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

Learning Outcomes (Specific Goals):

  • Use Logic X to create a soundtrack based around apple loops
  • Demonstrate ability to record an audio track in Logic X
  • Demonstrate an ability to add effects, aux busses and automation to an audio track in Logic X
  • Demonstrate an ability to create a midi track and program midi data using the M Audio Keyboard
  • Demonstrate able to mix down a song and bounce out a stereo file

Students are asked to bring a flash drive with at least 8gb of storage. A course manual will be provided, so an additional notebook is not necessary, but please bring a pen/pencil to take notes.

Students will be exempt from writing the MTD Technology assessment based on their class work. Students will have to do a final demonstration song (16-32 measures) to show the goals/objectives of the course have been achieved. Those whose results are low or borderline will be asked to write the assessment and be provided with specific areas to work on to help them to succeed.

Fee:
The fee for the class is $395.00 + GST ($19.75) = $414.75
Payment is due at time of registration.
Visa and Mastercard accepted.

To Register:
Register Online, Contact the Registrar’s Office: 604 527 5472, or Visit the Registrar’s Office in person (New Westminster or Coquitlam campus).

Please tell the Registrar’s Office that you are registering for a non-credit course through the Community Music School.  
To register you will need your Douglas College student number and the CRN for this course: CRN 11357.

 

A Note about MTD Prep Classes:
While the MTD Prep Classes are highly recommended, neither class is mandatory. Participation in the prep classes does not guarantee acceptance into the MTD program.


You can also visit the Registration page. Contact the Community Music School at commusic@douglascollege.ca or 604-527-5465 if you require more information.