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Technology Plan 2004-2007

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Music

2004-2006


Description

The Music Department has implemented three software applications dealing with music content: Finale (music notation), Digital Performer (sequencing/recording) and Practica Musica (ear-training). A site license for Practica Musica has been purchased. A site license has been purchased for Finale. An upgrade is still needed for Digital Performer. The batteries in the iBooks in room 224 are beginning to fail and need to be replaced. Pending a requested exchange of upstairs piano lab space with downstairs practice room space, a new and accessible classroom will be created on the ground level. This "new" downstairs piano lab will need digital pianos, computers and software to make it fully operational as a music technology equipped lab. Our existing Korg digital pianos are all failing to operate correctly. Funding has been obtained to replace all except one or two that are still somewhat functioning. Replacements for those keyboards will be needed as soon as possible. MIDI keyboard visualizers have been purchased for both existing piano labs (224 and 230A). New data projectors have been installed in room 221, 225 and 224. Planning has been on-going for the Digital Arts Building. Equipment for the Digital Multimedia Lab is identified and will need to be purchased. The music staff-lined white boards in rooms 221,224 and 225 need to be replaced as they have lost most of their staff lines.

 
Curriculum Impact
 
The use of music software has allowed our music students to engage in activities that sharpen their musical understanding and aural skills. The music applications are used for student's course work in core curriculum for an Associate Degree in Music. There has been a noticeable increase in student music skill level. Moving the upstairs piano lab to the ground floor will enable scheduling of additional sections of piano, music theory, electronic music and multimedia courses. The completion of the Digital Arts Building will create space to develop and schedule additional courses in the Multimedia Program.

Approximate Number of Students Served
 
Per year: 40 electronic music students, 30 multimedia students
Per semester: 100 music theory students, 80 music education students, 150-175 class piano students. Additional students would be better served by an accessible piano lab downstairs in the Music Building.


Support Impact

There may be a need for occasional support, but not a significant increase over the current level of support.

Year 1 (2004-2005)

Objective
 
Update music software and complete replacement of iBook batteries. Obtain and install a security system in room 224 to protect the computers and other equipment in that room.

Action to Meet Objective
 
Complete software and battery updates. Purchase security system for room 224.
 
Objective
 
Obtain audio equipment necessary to edit and demonstrate audio software used in multimedia production.

Action to Meet Objective
 
Purchase Mackie HR-824 near-field monitors with appropriate cables.
 
Objective
 
Obtain Yamaha P-250 digital pianos for our second piano lab.
 
Action to Meet Objective
 
Purchase new digital pianos to replace the Korg's in room 230A.
 
Objective
 
Obtain replacements for the staff-lined white boards in Music Department classrooms.
 
Action to Meet Objective
 
Purchase new "fused" staff-lined white boards.
 
Objective
 
Obtain synthesizer emulation software to teach the concepts of analog programming in electronic music instruments.
 
Action to Meet Objective

Purchase software such as Sample Cell for the computers in room 224 that is capable of producing multiple complex signal routing designs.

Year 2 (2005-2006)

Objective
 
Obtain new Macintosh iBooks capable of running system OX. Update software applications for which we now have site licenses.
 
Action to Meet Objective

Purchase iBooks, MIDI sound modules and MIDI interfaces and cables.

 

Year 3 (2006-2007)
Updated 2006

Objective

Update music software and complete replacement of iBook batteries (or replace the iBooks). Obtain and install a security system in room 224 to protect the computers and other equipment in that room.

Action to Meet Objective

Complete software and battery (and/or CPU) updates. Purchase security system for room 224.
Objective

Objective

Obtain Yamaha P-250 digital pianos for our second piano lab.

Action to Meet Objective

Purchase new digital pianos to replace the Korg's in room 230A.

Objective

Obtain replacements for the staff-lined white boards in Music Department classrooms.

Action to Meet Objective

Purchase new "fused" staff-lined white boards.
Objective

Objective

Obtain synthesizer emulation software to teach the concepts of analog programming in electronic music instruments.

Action to Meet Objective

Purchase software such as Sample Cell for the computers in room 224 that is capable of producing multiple complex signal routing designs.

Objective

Obtain new Macintosh computers capable of running system OX. Update software applications for which we now have site licenses.

Action to Meet Objective

Purchase computers, MIDI sound modules and MIDI interfaces and cables.

Objective

Obtain wide-format printer for printing of promotional materials for department activities.

Action to Meet Objective

Purchase suitable ink-jet printer that can handle 11" wide paper.

Objective

Obtain track lighting for rooms 221 and 225 that will partially light the rooms when projecting information on the large screen.

Action to Meet Objective

Purchase lights to facilitate in-class use of projector without turning off all lights and making the room too dark for students to take notes.

Objective

Repair instruments in the department collection that have become inoperable.

Action to Meet Objective

Schedule and execute the repair of instruments as funding becomes available.

Objective

Obtain replacement instruments for aging instruments in the department collection that are no longer worth repairing.

Action to Meet Objective

Purchase replacement instruments.

Objective

Obtain replacement grand piano for the instrument in room 221 that has become unable to hold the pitch of its tuning.

Action to Meet Objective

Purchase replacement grand piano.
 

 


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