Bernards High School
Music Technology II

Music Technology II
Course Syllabus
Teacher: Mr. Trumpy
Room: MIDI Lab (F201)


Music Technology encourages interaction between musical creation, technology and research. The pedagogical goal of the Music Technology program is to provide a unique vehicle for students to unleash their creative potential. In addition, to provide students with an environment where creative and innovative thinking through technology is encouraged. Training includes lessons in electronic music performance and history, film history, the history of sound in film, multi-media applications and advanced audio and video editing. This training helps prepare students for a wide range of collegiate opportunities in music technology, media industries, and music education.

Course Description: Prerequisite-Music Technology 1

This intermediate course is open to students who have successfully taken Music Technology I. Students will continue their exploration of the latest computer software and hardware along with analog and digital recording. Expertise gained in the Music Technology 1 class will give students the opportunity to maximize their creativity with a host of cross-curricular multi-media projects. These include the integration of Art, History, Creative Writing, Video and Music production. Students will leave this course with a professional quality digital portfolio of all the music technology based projects they have created.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand where specific sounds reside within the frequency spectrum.
  • Understand how an equalizer works and be able to effectively utilize the EQ as a tool to enhance and add clarity to a song.
  • Understand the history of film music, identify significant film composers and films, and understand the compositional style differences between the eras of film-making.

  • Understand the history of electronic music and have the opportunity to explore, hands-on, different electronic instruments. Compose, perform and produce an electronic music composition within a small group setting.

  • Create and produce a podcast which will expose depth of knowledge regarding specific eras of film, film scoring and films connection with the culture of the time.

  • Compose a musical theme for the podcast; include appropriate sound effects and music where appropriate.

  • Identify different mediums that have utilized music as an integral part of the overall product.

  • Adapt and apply audio editing skills to video editing software.

  • Become proficient with technical skills and editing programs, which will allow for students creative potential to be reached.

  • Effectively research a subject for a multimedia documentary and provide an outline and final narrative based on findings.

Student Responsibilities:

1. To be punctual and attend all scheduled classes. The Bernards High School Attendance Policy requires students to attend class every time it is scheduled, unless the student is excused by an administrator. A student will not be granted credit in a course whenever any of the following attendance limits are exceeded in the course (note that tardies to class are equal to .5 absences from that course):

2. To complete all class assignments and projects on time.

3. To stay on task.

4. To participate in class discussions.

5. To exhibit good class etiquette as well as support your fellow classmates.

6. To provide an encouraging atmosphere for the class.


A. Completion of all class projects: 75 %

C. Time on Task: 25%

Course Overview

UNIT 1: Mixing and Mastering Raw Tracks

Project 1: Mixing Drum Tracks

Project 2: Mixing piano, bass, guitar and other instruments

Project 3: Mixing and mastering a complete song

Project 4: Creating a Remix

A Brief History of Electronic Music

Unit 2: The History of Sound in Film

Chapter 1:Silent Movies
Read Chapter 1 in “The Complete Guide to Film Scoring” (pages 15-23).
Project 5 : “Soundtrack for a Silent Movie” Easy Street

Chapter 2:The First Talkies “The Jazz Singer” “The Complete Guide to Film Scoring” (pages 25-29).

Chapter 4:Musical Styles 1930 to 1950 “King Kong”/Max Steiner “The Complete Guide to Film Scoring” (pages 39-45).
Read assigned articles and web sites.

Project 6: “Historical Movie Figure or event Mini-Biography 1890-1960”

King Kong: Sound innovations - Charlie Spivak & Max Steiner

Chapter 5:Musical Styles 1950 to 1975 “Psycho”/Bernard Hermann
Research Bernard Herrmann starting with the following links…

Project 7: Time period podcast
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Introduction and Growth of Electronic Music
The Theremin

Unit 3: Creating a multi-media mini-biography

Unit 4: Sound Design for a Movie Trailer

Unit 5: Sound Design & Audio Production (Remix and Mastering)

Project 8: Honda Cog Commercial/Recording sound effects

Project 9: Remixing and Mastering Raw Tracks

Project 10: Sound Design to a Movie Cue
Sound Effects, Foley, Ambient Sound, Music, ADR