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Production Master Class: Syllabus
MCO4125 - CRN: 42564 Purchase College Fall ‘16
Room #MUS-1045

Instructor: Peter Denenberg / 914.251.7933

Course Description

Master classes are small group (3 or less) private studies with the instructor. Studio Production master classes provide individual instruction, in a working / lab environment at an advanced level. Classes meet for 90 minutes per week. Studio Production & Studio Composition students are required to take one master class each semester (an additional fee is required).

In these small groups students are able to explore in great detail the nuances of music production, engineering and composition. Often recording projects are organized together as part of classwork and a “slow motion, stop and analyze” approach is possible with regard to all aspects of writing and production. Students are required to bring their own works in progress to class EVERY WEEK and often different genres / sub genres are explored with students venturing away from the “usual stuff / their comfort zones”. Advanced project studio design, signal flow and live digital production scenarios are also covered.

As a result of meeting this course’s requirements students will be able to;

  • Demonstrate a mastery of advanced creative production / engineering techniques, signal flow, live digital production concepts and studio design.
  • Further develop their artistic style and technical facility.
  • Explore in detail various stylistic production genres (aside from their own).
  • Advance their use of production software, including notation, recording, editing and video.

This subject requires all students to have access to a digital audio workstation (DAW). The recommended DAW is ProTools 12. The following DAWs may also be used, though only limited support and instruction will be provided: Logic (Pro or Express), Cubase, Reaper, Digital Performer, Sonar, or FL Studio, Ableton Live. The Purchase library has ProTools installed on several computers and these can be used for classwork.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to meet all attendance and participation requirements in music classes. Unexcused absences, tardiness, or lack of preparation for class will not be accepted; students are allowed two excused absences (with prior permission only), three unexcused absences in any course earn a student a failing grade for that course. Two late arrivals equal one absence. Leaving class early is considered equivalent to arriving late.

Course Grading
Grades based on attendance 50%, class participation 50%.

Academic Honesty
In this and all of my classes, every student must be aware of and adhere to the college’s policy on academic honesty.  See the Student Handbook and other college publications for the policy

Academic Progress within the Major- Conservatory of Music Policy
A grade of “C” or better must be obtained for all core music classes within a major. Core classes are any music courses that appear on the 8 Semester Plan for graduation. A C- or below constitutes failure to progress academically and is grounds for dismissal from the major. Once the Conservatory is notified as to a student’s standing he or she will meet with the BOS area head. A letter will follow from the Director’s office informing the student that due to “poor academic progress” he or she will be counseled into another in the program of study.

Professional Standards – School of the Arts
Breaches of professional conduct are grounds for dismissal or probation depending on the severity of the infringement. Examples of poor professional conduct include, but are not limited to, poor treatment of facilities and studios, lack of preparation for rehearsals and/or lessons, disrespectful/disruptive behavior directed toward peers, faculty, administration and staff. The Conservatory of Music follows the SOA procedures for due process for any possible infractions.