Keyboard Technology

Keyboard
MI’s Keyboard education takes an innovative approach to an instrument that is both deeply traditional and constantly evolving. The unique curriculum combines traditional keyboard performance with cutting-edge keyboard-based technology. As a performer, you develop your keyboard skills and explore a range of contemporary styles including funk, R&B, blues, jazz, country, rock, fusion, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian under the direction of some of LA’s best working professionals. At the same time, you learn how to use the electronic keyboard’s vast capabilities for sampling, drum programming, production, digital recording and arranging, including certified Apple Logic training.

Troy Laureta Music Director for Ariana Grande

A Day in the Life of an MI Keyboard Technology Student


Performance-Based Education in Contemporary Music

Musicians Institute’s challenging Bachelor of Music in Performance (Contemporary Styles) is a unique degree program combining contemporary music performance with rigorous education in traditional music disciplines. The intensive program emphasizes the development of stylistic depth, creative maturity and professional competence as part of a comprehensive program preparing you to enter the contemporary music industry. Upon completion of all requirements, you are eligible to receive the Bachelor of Music in Performance in one of five major instruments of study: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard and Vocals.

Major Area

  • BACH-PL Private Lesson
  • BACH-P151-P453 Bachelor Ensembles
  • (various) Instrument Study/Reading
  • BACH-P104-144 Performance
  • BACH-P108-P118 Sophomore Jury
  • BACH-P208-P218 Senior Jury

Supportive Music

  • BACH-P101-P801 Theory 1-8
  • BACH-P102-P602 Ear Training 1-6
  • BACH-P107 Styles Survey 1
  • BACH-P121-P223 Music History 1-4
  • BACH-P103-P503 Contemporary Arranging 1-5
  • BACH-P125 Directing and Conducting 2
  • BACH-P109-P209 Studio Recording 1-2
  • BACH-P124 Music Industry Studies 3
  • BACH-P127 Computer Music Applications – Sibelius 1
  • BACH-P128A-P128B Computer Music Applications – Apple Logic 1-2
  • BACH-P120 Contemporary Music Instruction
  • BACH-P113-P313 Keyboard Proficiency 1
  • BACH-V107 Diction

General Education Credits

Various (see “Articulation Agreement” for required credit distribution)

Electives Credits

Various (Elective requirements vary by instrument)

Instrument Study:

BACH Keyboard Reading 1
Reading left-hand chord voicings, combinations of duple and triple rhythms, and more complex melody lines with exercises drawn from contemporary styles, including two-staff arrangements with complex rhythms and harmony. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.
BACH Keyboard Reading 2 Prerequisite: BACH-K133 BACH Keyboard Reading 1. Focus on real-world contemporary reading applications, including stylistic embellishments. Students learn how to practice, sight-read, transpose, and perform written music in a variety of styles. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.
BACH Keyboard Reading 3
Focuses on reading difficult charts with lead lines and chord symbols. Rhythmic syncopation and fully extended chords are explored. Students play complex charts drawn from contemporary arrangements in a lab/ensemble setting. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.
BACH Keyboard Reading 4
Prerequisite: BACH-K353 BACH Keyboard Reading 3. Continuation of advanced reading techniques. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.
BACH Keyboard Technique 1
More advanced keyboard technical skills, including five-finger drills, triad and seventh arpeggios, natural minor scales, intervals, trills, modal scales, and chord-scale relationships. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.
BACH Keyboard Technique 2
Prerequisite: BACH-K132 BACH Keyboard Technique 1. Technical development with emphasis on five-finger drills, diminished arpeggios, harmonic minor scales, intervals, trills, modal scales, and chord-scale relationships. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.
BACH Keyboard Improv 1
Introduction to blues tonality, seventh chord arpeggios, and variations on the key center approach to improvising over major and minor tonalities, including basic blues and jazz progressions. One ensemble hour per week for one quarter.
BACH Keyboard Improv 2
Prerequisite: BACH-K352 BACH Keyboard Improv 1. Concepts and techniques for analyzing chord progressions and creating improvised melodies using both keycenter and chord-scale approaches with an emphasis on practical applications. One ensemble hour per week for one quarter.
BACH Keyboard Voicings 1
Introduction of seventh chords, four-part chord construction, and interpretation of chord symbols with an emphasis on rootless voicings, including exercises in both diatonic and chromatic chord movement and left-hand accompaniment patterns. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.
BACH Keyboard Voicings 2
Prerequisite: BACH-K130 BACH Keyboard Voicings 1. Emphasis on voice-leading concepts used in performance and composition, including shell voicings with extensions as applied to a variety of chord progressions. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.
BACH Keyboard Voicings 3
Prerequisite: BACH-K240 BACH Keyboard Voicings 2. Application of concepts of chord-scale harmony to voicings and chord progressions. Students explore the techniques of “tension substitution” and use it to create voicings while composing and performing their own progressions. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.
BACH Keyboard Voicings 4
Prerequisite: BACH-K350 BACH Keyboard Voicings 3. A continuation of chord construction based on chord-scale harmony. Students learn how to create their own voicings and make effective musical choices. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Degree requirements vary by instrument and include some or all of the following courses. See each emphasis for details on specific requirements.

 

Access the catalog for descriptions which  include course number, title, number of credit units per quarter (multiply by number of required quarters for total credit amount), and prerequisites (where applicable), description of content, and contact hours per week.

 

MAJOR AREA (All Instruments)

 

Private Lesson

Weekly instrument lesson with an instructor who guides you in developing technique, musicianship and style in support of core curricular goals. The instructor and you jointly determine a specific course of study depending on your needs, strengths and experience. One private lesson hour per week per quarter.

 

Live Performance Workshops 1-6

Students perform regularly throughout the program in a variety of styles and settings. Minimum requirement of ten performances per quarter. One ensemble hour per week per quarter.

 

Blues

Classic Rock

Country Rock

Modern Rock

Hard Rock

Metal

Classic R&B

Punk

Contemporary R&B

Hip-Hop

Fusion

Funk

Reggae

Latin

Billboard Hot 100

 

*LPW offerings vary by quarter; check current course schedule for availability

 

MUSICIANSHIP (Requirements vary by instrument)

 

Harmony and Theory 1

You perform regularly throughout the program in a variety of styles and settings (see section on Live Playing Workshops for overview of workshop offerings). Minimum requirement of ten performances per quarter. One ensemble hour per week per quarter.

 

Harmony and Theory 2

A continuation of the study of musical notation and diatonic structures, including rhythmic values, time signatures, natural minor scales and key signatures, harmonized minor scales diatonic seventh chords, and key centers. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Harmony and Theory 3

Variations on diatonic structures. Topics include pentatonic scales and blues, inverted, extended and non-standard chord types, chord symbols and modes. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Harmony and Theory 4

Non-diatonic melody and harmony. Topics include variations in minor-key harmony and melody, modal interchange, secondary dominants, diatonic substitution and modulation. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Ear Training 1

An introduction to Ear Training as it applies to popular music. Areas of focus include matching pitch, major scale melodies, and melodic intervals in the context of examples drawn from contemporary popular music. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Ear Training 2

Topics include meter and rhythm, eighth-note phrases, sight-singing, transcribing melody and rhythm on the staff, harmonic intervals, triad qualities, and diatonic major chord progressions. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Ear Training 3

Concentrates on the recognition and transcription of diatonic minor-key melodies and chord progressions. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Ear Training 4

Sixteenth-note rhythmic phrases plus variations in minor-key melody and harmony. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

MAJOR AREA

 

Private Lesson

Twelve credit units required (two per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

 

Live Performance Workshops 1-6

Six credit units required (one per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

 

Keyboard Technique 1

Covers exercises for the development of keyboard facility and precision control over melodic components, including scales, patterns, arpeggios, and intervals. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Technique 2

A continuation of technique development concentrating on hand independence, melodic phrasing, stamina, and contemporary keyboard applications. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Technique 3

More advanced keyboard technical skills, including five-finger drills, triad and seventh arpeggios, natural minor scales, intervals, trills, modal scales and chord-scale relationships. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Technique 4

Technical development with emphasis on five-finger drills, diminished arpeggios, harmonic minor scales, intervals, trills, modal scales and chord-scale relationships. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Voicing’s 1

Fundamentals of chord construction, symbol recognition, and voice leading, including triads, slash chords, inversions, added-note chords, and diatonic harmony. Weekly sight-reading exercises are used to reinforce performance. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Voicing’s 2

Continued study of chord construction, symbol recognition, and voice leading, including major and minor triads, slash chords, inversions, added-note chords, and diatonic harmony. Weekly sight-reading exercises are used to reinforce performance. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Voicing’s 3

Introduction of seventh chords, four-part chord construction, and interpretation of chord symbols with an emphasis on rootless voicing’s, including exercises in both diatonic and chromatic chord movement and left-hand accompaniment patterns. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Voicing’s 4

Emphasis on voice-leading concepts used in performance and composition, including shell voicing’s with extensions as applied to a variety of chord progressions. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Voicing’s 5

Application of concepts of chord-scale harmony to voicing’s and chord progressions. You explore the techniques of “tension substitution” and use it to create voicing’s while composing and performing your own progressions. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Voicing’s 6

A continuation of chord construction based on chord-scale harmony. You learn how to create your own voicing’s and make effective musical choices. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Improvisation 1

Introduction to blues tonality, seventh chord arpeggios, and variations on the key center approach to improvising over major and minor tonalities, including basic blues and jazz progressions. One ensemble hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Improvisation 2

Concepts and techniques for analyzing chord progressions and creating improvised melodies using both key-center and chord-scale approaches with an emphasis on practical applications. One ensemble hour per week for one quarter.

 

Groove 1

Learn the basic role of the keyboard player in an ensemble with an emphasis on time, tempo, and rhythmic feel in performance. Drills focus on rhythmic awareness and consistency, playing against a steady pulse, and basic hand independence. Two lecture or ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

 

Groove 2

Concentrates on eighth-note syncopation, playing with a drummer, swing and straight feels. Two lecture or ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

 

Groove 3

Accompaniment patterns for various chord progressions and styles using techniques, including bass lines, top-note voicing’s and two-hand syncopation. Rhythm reading is emphasized. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Groove 4

Emphasis on developing more intricate and nuanced right-hand rhythm patterns, including further exploration of top note voicing’s and adding fills to rhythm patterns. More syncopated styles will be explored. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Groove 5

An introduction to sixteenth-note syncopation and its application to contemporary musical styles, with emphasis on bass lines, comping and hand-against-hand rhythmic performance. Two lecture or ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

 

Groove 6

Concentrates on stylistic rhythms, half and double-time feels, and two-keyboard performance as well as synth bass lines, brass parts and organ & clarinet playing styles. Two lecture or ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

 

Musical Director Workshop 1

An introduction to the role of bandleader. Beginning with an overview of chart writing and basic arranging skills, you learn how to rehearse and conduct a rhythm section from the keyboard with an emphasis on articulating styles and feels, directing tempo changes and rubato, creating intros and endings, and working with singers and horn players. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

 

Musical Director Workshop 2

After a review of conducting skills, the emphasis shifts to horn arranging and writing for other auxiliary instruments, including full score arrangements. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

 

Reading 1

An introduction to reading popular music at the keyboard, with emphasis on learning symbols used for notating melody, rhythm, and harmony, including clefs, grand staff, ledger lines, song form, and basic rhythmic expressions. Practical examples are used in class and as homework. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Reading 2

Continuing the development of keyboard reading skills, students perform introductory grand staff etudes in all twelve keys, triads with inversions and sixteenth-note rhythms. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Reading 3

Reading left-hand chord voicing’s, combinations of duple and triple rhythms, and more complex melody lines with exercises drawn from contemporary styles, including two-staff arrangements with complex rhythms and harmony. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Reading 4

Focus on real-world contemporary reading applications, including stylistic embellishments. You learn how to practice, sight-read, transpose and perform written music in a variety of styles. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Digital Music 1

An introduction to digital audio technology as an essential tool for the creation of keyboard-based recordings. You learn intuitive setup procedures and use of keyboards as digital audio triggers using Logic software. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Digital Music 2

Practical applications of plug-ins and virtual instruments, MIDI integration and component compatibility to songwriting projects. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Digital Music 3

Sequencing, sound banks and digital effects within Logic are applied to practical, deadline-oriented projects. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Digital Music 4

An introduction to orchestration techniques, sample libraries, and sample creation. Also includes the use of modulation plug-ins, such as phasers, flangers and tremolo plus sound balancing and panning. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Digital Music 5

You apply advanced digital recording and production techniques using Logic and Avid Pro Tools© digital audio software. Topics covered include composition, demo production, basic and advanced mixing techniques, editing, and mastering. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

 

Digital Music 6

More advanced mixing, editing and mastering techniques using Logic and Avid Pro Tools©. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

 

Synthesis 1

An introduction to the structure of analog and digital synthesizers, including essential concepts of subtractive synthesis and synthesized sound production as well as components from wave forms to filters and amplifiers using both hardware synths and computer-based synth modules. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Synthesis 2

Focus on more nuanced sound creation and sound design with emphasis on real-world applications. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Virtual Instruments 1

Using the vast catalog of virtual instruments included with Logic Audio and Native Instruments, you learn how to trigger and sequence sounds using your own keyboard and groove skills. Includes advanced sequencing, editing and programming of various instrument and effects combinations in a variety of practical applications. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Virtual Instruments 2

Continued development of techniques and practical applications of virtual instruments as a compositional tool. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Video Scoring 1

How to compose musical background scores to enhance the emotional qualities of video images. Includes both creative and technical aspects of scoring commercials, TV and film using Apple Logic Pro digital recording software. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

 

Video Scoring 2

Focus on “scoring to picture” and learning techniques for matching the emotional qualities of music and visual images. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

 

MUSICIANSHIP

 

Harmony and Theory 1-4

Six credit units required (one and one-half per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

 

Ear Training 1-4

Six credit units required (one and one-half per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

 

ELECTIVES

 

Roland Gaia Synth Programming

Accompany Thyself

Blues Keyboards

Funk Keyboards

Hip-Hop Keyboards

R&B/Soul Keyboards

Rock Keyboards

Roland Fantom Workstation Workshop

Ableton Live Workshop

Electronic Styles

Contemporary Music Notation

Keyboard Arranging

Logic Fastrack

Production Tips & Tricks

Rhythm Programming

Jazz Keyboards 1

Jazz Keyboards 2

Keyboard Kontrol

Afro-Cuban Keyboards

Brazilian Keyboards

Chop Shop 1

Chop Shop 2

Composition for Keyboards

Keyboard Accompaniment Styles

Keyboard Mastery

As an Associate of Arts student in instrument performance programs (Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard Technology, Vocals), you may opt for a combined course of study which is a combination of the performance program and a music industry program (Audio Engineering, DJ Performance & Production, Guitar Craft, Music Business, Independent Artist).

 

Enrollment in such programs is dependent upon admission approval and space availability.

 

*Associate programs are vocational and do not include General Education requirements or specific preparation for study at the Baccalaureate level.

The four-quarter, 60 credit-unit Certificate in Performance (Keyboard) applies MI’s unique style of contemporary music education to an instrument that is both traditional and leading-edge. The Keyboard Technology program combines keyboard skills, live performance and innovative technology to prepare a foundation for careers on the concert stage and in the recording studio. Develop stylistic vocabulary and live playing skills under the guidance of some of LA’s best professional keyboard players, and then learn to create your own arrangements and productions using digital audio and virtual instrument applications. MI’s unique environment extends beyond the classroom with concerts, seminars, and opportunities for creative collaboration and networking.

 

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Degree requirements vary by instrument and include some or all of the following courses. See each emphasis for details on specific requirements.

 

Access the catalog for descriptions which include course number, title, number of credit units per quarter (multiply by number of required quarters for total credit amount), and prerequisites (where applicable), description of content, and contact hours per week.

 

MAJOR AREA (All Instruments)

 

Private Lesson

Weekly instrument lesson with an instructor who guides you in developing technique, musicianship and style in support of core curricular goals. The instructor and you jointly determine a specific course of study depending on your needs, strengths and experience. One private lesson hour per week per quarter.

 

Live Performance Workshops 1-4

You perform regularly throughout the program in a variety of styles and settings. Minimum requirement of ten performances per quarter. One ensemble hour per week per quarter.

 

Blues

Classic Rock

Country Rock

Modern Rock

Hard Rock

Metal

Classic R&B

Punk

Contemporary R&B

Hip-Hop

Fusion

Funk

Reggae

Latin

Billboard Hot 100

 

*LPW offerings vary by quarter; check current course schedule for availability

 

MUSICIANSHIP (Requirements vary by instrument)

 

Harmony and Theory 1

You perform regularly throughout the program in a variety of styles and settings (see section on Live Playing Workshops for overview of workshop offerings). Minimum requirement of ten performances per quarter. One ensemble hour per week per quarter.

 

Harmony and Theory 2

A continuation of the study of musical notation and diatonic structures, including rhythmic values, time signatures, natural minor scales and key signatures, harmonized minor scales diatonic seventh chords, and key centers. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Harmony and Theory 3

Variations on diatonic structures. Topics include pentatonic scales and blues, inverted, extended and non-standard chord types, chord symbols and modes. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Harmony and Theory 4

Non-diatonic melody and harmony. Topics include variations in minor-key harmony and melody, modal interchange, secondary dominants, diatonic substitution and modulation. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Ear Training 1

An introduction to Ear Training as it applies to popular music. Areas of focus include matching pitch, major scale melodies, and melodic intervals in the context of examples drawn from contemporary popular music. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Ear Training 2

Topics include meter and rhythm, eighth-note phrases, sight singing, transcribing melody and rhythm on the staff, harmonic intervals, triad qualities, and diatonic major chord progressions. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Ear Training 3

Concentrates on the recognition and transcription of diatonic minor-key melodies and chord progressions. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Ear Training 4

Sixteenth-note rhythmic phrases plus variations in minor-key melody and harmony. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

MAJOR AREA

 

Private Lesson

Twelve credit units required (two per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

 

Live Performance Workshops 1-4

Six credit units required (one per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

 

Keyboard Technique 1

Covers exercises for the development of keyboard facility and precision control over melodic components, including scales, patterns, arpeggios, and intervals. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Technique 2

A continuation of technique development concentrating on hand independence, melodic phrasing, stamina, and contemporary keyboard applications. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Technique 3

More advanced keyboard technical skills, including five-finger drills, triad and seventh arpeggios, natural minor scales, intervals, trills, modal scales and chord-scale relationships. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Technique 4

Technical development with emphasis on five-finger drills, diminished arpeggios, harmonic minor scales, intervals, trills, modal scales and chord-scale relationships. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Voicing’s 1

Fundamentals of chord construction, symbol recognition, and voice leading, including triads, slash chords, inversions, added-note chords, and diatonic harmony. Weekly sight-reading exercises are used to reinforce performance. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Voicing’s 2

Continued study of chord construction, symbol recognition, and voice leading, including major and minor triads, slash chords, inversions, added-note chords, and diatonic harmony. Weekly sight-reading exercises are used to reinforce performance. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Voicing’s 3

Introduction of seventh chords, four-part chord construction, and interpretation of chord symbols with an emphasis on rootless voicing’s, including exercises in both diatonic and chromatic chord movement and left-hand accompaniment patterns. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Keyboard Voicing’s 4

Emphasis on voice-leading concepts used in performance and composition, including shell voicing’s with extensions as applied to a variety of chord progressions. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

Keyboard Improvisation 1

Introduction to blues tonality, seventh chord arpeggios, and variations on the key center approach to improvising over major and minor tonalities, including basic blues and jazz progressions. One ensemble hour per week for one quarter.

Keyboard Improvisation 2

Concepts and techniques for analyzing chord progressions and creating improvised melodies using both key-center and chord-scale approaches with an emphasis on practical applications. One ensemble hour per week for one quarter.

Groove 1

Learn the basic role of the keyboard player in an ensemble with an emphasis on time, tempo, and rhythmic feel in performance. Drills focus on rhythmic awareness and consistency, playing against a steady pulse, and basic hand independence. Two lecture or ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

 

Groove 2

Concentrates on eighth-note syncopation, playing with a drummer, swing and straight feels. Two lecture or ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

 

Groove 3

Accompaniment patterns for various chord progressions and styles using techniques, including bass lines, top-note voicing’s and two-hand syncopation. Rhythm reading is emphasized. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Groove 4

Emphasis on developing more intricate and nuanced right-hand rhythm patterns, including further exploration of top-note voicing’s and adding fills to rhythm patterns. More syncopated styles will be explored. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

Musical Director Workshop 1

An introduction to the role of bandleader. Beginning with an overview of chart writing and basic arranging skills, students learn how to rehearse and conduct a rhythm section from the keyboard with an emphasis on articulating styles and feels, directing tempo changes and rubato, creating intros and endings, and working with singers and horn players. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Musical Director Workshop 2

After a review of conducting skills, the emphasis shifts to horn arranging and writing for other auxiliary instruments, including full score arrangements. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Reading 1

An introduction to reading popular music at the keyboard, with emphasis on learning symbols used for notating melody, rhythm, and harmony, including clefs, grand staff, ledger lines, song form, and basic rhythmic expressions. Practical examples are used in class and as homework. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Reading 2

Continuing the development of keyboard reading skills, students perform introductory grand staff etudes in all twelve keys, triads with inversions and sixteenth-note rhythms. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Reading 3

Reading left-hand chord voicing’s, combinations of duple and triple rhythms, and more complex melody lines with exercises drawn from contemporary styles, including two-staff arrangements with complex rhythms and harmony. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Reading 4

Focus on real-world contemporary reading applications, including stylistic embellishments. You learn how to practice, sight-read, transpose and perform written music in a variety of styles. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Digital Music 1

An introduction to digital audio technology as an essential tool for the creation of keyboard-based recordings. You learn intuitive setup procedures and use of keyboards as digital audio triggers using Logic software. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Digital Music 2

Practical applications of plug-ins and virtual instruments, MIDI integration and component compatibility to songwriting projects. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Digital Music 3

Sequencing, sound banks and digital effects within Logic are applied to practical, deadline-oriented projects. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Digital Music 4

An introduction to orchestration techniques, sample libraries, and sample creation. Also includes the use of modulation plug-ins, such as phasers, flangers and tremolo plus sound balancing and panning. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Synthesis 1

An introduction to the structure of analog and digital synthesizers, including essential concepts of subtractive synthesis and synthesized sound production as well as components from wave forms to filters and amplifiers using both hardware synths and computer-based synth modules. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Synthesis 2

Focus on more nuanced sound creation and sound design with emphasis on real-world applications. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Virtual Instruments 1

Using the vast catalog of virtual instruments included with Logic Audio and Native Instruments, you learn how to trigger and sequence sounds using your own keyboard and groove skills. Includes advanced sequencing, editing and programming of various instrument and effects combinations in a variety of practical applications. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

 

Virtual Instruments 2

Continued development of techniques and practical applications of virtual instruments as a compositional tool. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

Video Scoring 1

How to compose musical background scores to enhance the emotional qualities of video images. Includes both creative and technical aspects of scoring commercials, TV and film using Apple Logic Pro digital recording software. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Video Scoring 2

Focus on “scoring to picture” and learning techniques for matching the emotional qualities of music and visual images. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

MUSICIANSHIP

 

Harmony and Theory 1-4

Six credit units required (one and one-half per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

 

Ear Training 1-4

Six credit units required (one and one-half per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

 

ELECTIVES

 

Roland Gaia Synth Programming

Accompany Thyself

Blues Keyboards

Funk Keyboards

Hip-Hop Keyboards

R&B/Soul Keyboards

Rock Keyboards

Roland Fantom Workstation Workshop

Ableton Live Workshop

Electronic Styles

Contemporary Music Notation

Keyboard Arranging

Logic Fastrack

Production Tips & Tricks

Rhythm Programming

Jazz Keyboards 1

Jazz Keyboards 2

Keyboard Kontrol

Afro-Cuban Keyboards

Brazilian Keyboards

Chop Shop 1

Chop Shop 2

Composition for Keyboards

Keyboard Accompaniment Styles

Keyboard Mastery

MI SelectThe MI Select Program (Non-Certificate Training in Music Performance) is designed to allow you to create a full-time, ten-week program by choosing from available lessons, classes, performance workshops and other activities. Enrollment is available at the beginning of any quarter and may be repeated for additional quarters.

 

THE MI Select PROGRAM INCLUDES:

 

Schedule

Based on an initial evaluation, the MI Select Coordinator provides you with a list of available courses that are appropriate to your level of knowledge and skill. From that list, you create a class schedule equal to a full-time credit load of fifteen units.

 

NOTE: Course offerings vary by quarter and some courses and programs are not available for MI Select enrollment. A list of available courses will be provided to you by the MI Select Coordinator prior to registration. To confirm the availability of specific courses, please consult with the MI Select Coordinator prior to enrollment.

 

Private Lessons

Every instrument MI Select session includes weekly, one-hour private lessons on your primary instrument. Instructor and you jointly develop a lesson plan based on your particular interests and the instructor provides general guidance throughout the program.

 

NOTE: Requests for private lessons with a specific instructor are subject to instructor availability.

 

Access

MI Select enrollment includes 24-hour access to MI’s facilities for practice and rehearsal, access to extra-curricular activities and the library, and admission to clinics and seminars offered during your period of enrollment.

 

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

 

• Financial Aid – MI Select is not eligible for State or Federal financial aid.

• January and July enrollments – Most Core classes available to entering MI Select students in performance programs during January and July quarters are at intermediate-to-advanced levels. January or July enrollment is not advised for beginning-level MI Select students.

• Materials – MI Select students are entitled to receive curriculum and other materials applicable to courses included in their official course schedule only.

• Fees – MI Select students are responsible for all applicable fees; see “Tuition and Fees” for specific information.

• Course Credit – Courses taken during an MI Select session do not earn course credit. Attendance or completion of any course does not guarantee subsequent advanced placement in a Certificate or Degree program.

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