Available to: all students

Schedule: one semester

Special notes: This semester-long course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the music discipline.

This course is designed to give students a chance to explore songwriting and music production. The ability to sing, play guitar and/or piano are not required but will greatly aid the songwriting process. Using the computer as a virtual recording studio, students will combine software-based sound production with recorded audio from their compositions. Over the course of the year, students will complete at least three songs, in a variety of genres, and perform them at a showcase in the spring term as well as record their compositions. Students will develop skills in working with software along with songwriting techniques. They will be introduced to basic digital audio theory and microphone placement techniques, as well as develop skills in hard-disk recording and editing with Logic, Garage Band, and other multi-track audio software. Students will collaborate as songwriters and sound engineers in the process of composing music. This course includes projects that require work outside of class.