MUS 1331 Syllabus

Technology for Music Educators

Empowering future music educators with digital and media literacy.


Learn how to Learn [Technology]

Learn how to Teach [Technology]

Learn how to Work [Technology]





01/11     META/ARC   Intro to MUS1331; How a Computer Works; Intro to Max

01/18  5:30 META       Pure Data (Floss manual)

01/25     META       MIDI and Sequencing; Notation Software (Finale Part I)

                     musicXML-viewer | MIDI-to-text | Finale keyboard shortcuts

                     free notation software: download = &

                                             browser  = &

                     best notation software = Dorico

02/01     META       Notation Software (Part II) - entering notes without MIDI keyboard

02/08 TMEA - NO CLASS!  see reading due 02/15 below under "Assignments"

02/15     ARC        Copyright/Licensing ... Recording (Part I)

                     COPYRIGHT/LICENSING RESOURCES and Presentation Slides

02/22     ARC        Shooting Video ... discuss Website Project + AV Project

02/01     ARC        Recording Audio

03/08     Spring Break

03/15     ARC        Live Streaming; Live Sound Reinforcement

03/22     ARC/META   iPad;

                     Coding: Scratch then Hour of Code = Processing, HTML/CSS, Javascript

03/29     META       Photo and Graphics Editing (Ps vs Ai vs Id ... check out

                       1) Photoshop Tutorial

                       2) Illustrator Tutorial

                     Web Presence

04/05     META       (bring laptop)      Editing Video & Audio

04/12   Sid Rich 231     Interview Training (Nick Haynes, guest speaker) - Lecture Slides

                     Presentation Software - go over Presentation Project

04/19   VizWall (in GRC)    Charms; Present Student Presentation Projects

04/26   Sid Rich 231     Interviews, view Website Project + AV Project





DUE 01/11   Read page 11 to the end of Ch.1


"Integrating technology is not about technology - it is primarily about content and effective instructional practices. Technology involves the tools with which we deliver content and implement practices in better ways. Its focus must be on curriculum and learning. Integration is defined not by the amount or type of technology used, but by how and why it is used."

Earle, R. S. (2002). The integration of instructional technology into public education: Promises and challenges. ET Magazine, 42(1), 5–13.


DUE 01/18   Read page 23 to the end of MIDI (page 29)


MIDI is just a protocol, a control signal ... The piano roll in a player piano is equivalent to MIDI.


DUE 01/25   show the class a compelling Pd patch you created or manipulated


DUE 02/01   Bring [copies] of two scores - feel free to ask a librarian for help:

            1st score = representative score of something you will likely be working

                        with in your future career

            2nd score = something particularly difficult to input in Finale with multiple


            *start entering in a little bit of each score

            *you must come to class with questions about how to do something you were

             unable to do ... that will be our starting point on 01/01


DUE 02/13   5 total pages in 1 single PDF file emailed to me = b_johansen at

                          1 page of original 1st score (may have to be scanned)

                          1 page of 1st score recreated in Finale

                          1 page of 1st score recreated in software other than Finale

                  • somehow indicate what software you used
                  • do the best you can recreating; we'll discuss limitations of non-Finale software during class

                          1 page of original 2nd score (may have to be scanned)

                          1 page of 2nd score recreated in Finale

            PDF pages can be easily combined using Apple's built in Preview App


DUE 02/15   1) Read all = Copyright Basics provided by The Copyright Society of the USA

            2) Study = Cornell chart “Copyright Term and the Public Domain” — especially:

               - Works Registered or First Published in the U.S.

               - Sound Recordings Published in the United States

            3) Read the following definitions from On the Terms page of the CSUSA site:

               - License

               - Master Use License

               - Synchronization License

            4) Watch = intro video for Creative Commons Licenses

            5) Study = different license types at the bottom of this page


"The license is the permission granted by a copyright owner (also know as the "licensor") to the person requesting the right to exercise one or more of these exclusive rights (also know as the "licensee")."

"Copyright Terms & Definitions" by the The Copyright Society of the USA


DUE 02/22   make a 30second mono recording you made with the class audio interface + mic

            email the recording to my email = b_johansen at


                      Thur     Fri     Sat     Sun        Mon      Tue

            kit 1 =>  Parker   Kasey   Craig   Emily      Hannah   Luke


DUE 03/01   make a 30second mono recording you made with the class audio interface + mic

            email the recording to my email = b_johansen at


                      Thur     Fri     Sat     Sun        Mon      Tue

            kit 1 =>  Hunter   Kyle    Robin   Guillermo  Joseph   Natalie


DUE 03/15

DUE 03/22

DUE 03/29

DUE 04/05

DUE 04/12

DUE 04/19   Presentation Project

DUE 04/26   Website Project + AV Project






Course meetings are in the Crouch META lab or Crouch Seminar Room 1 (both on 3rd floor of Moody Library), the ARC Lab (Marrs McLean Science Building Room 330), and in various other locations as listed on the syllabus calendar Wednesdays 4-6:30PM.


My Baylor email is B_Johansen and my office is located in 201E Poage Library. Email me to meet outside of class. Review my philosophy of teaching.




There is no required textbook. All required readings and references will be available for you at no cost through this webiste and the Baylor LIbrary course reserves system.


Recording Kit (provided for you and available for checkout) - click here for a photo


  • (1) Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface + USB cable
  • (1) Sony MDR-7506 headphones + 1/4" adapter
  • (2) Røde NT5 condenser mics + mounts & wind screens
  • (1) AT2050 condeser mic + shock mount
  • (1) Shure SM57 dynamic mic + mount
  • (1) stereo mic bar
  • (1) pop filter
  • (2) 10' XLR cables
  • (2) 30' XLR cables
  • (1) mic stand (not pictured)




Engage with the material.

Take risks with the technology.

Search and be curious.


50% Projects

28% Participation (you must be present in class to be eligible to earn your full 2%/class)

22% Comprehensive Final


A  = 90-100

B+ = 87-89

B  = 83-86

B- = 80-82

C+ = 77-79

C  = 73-76

C- = 70-72

F  =  0-69




The following is straight from the School of Music Undergraduate Handbook (I made the last sentence bold and red):


School of Music policy requires that to earn credit in a course a student must be officially enrolled by the end of the second full week of the semester and attend at least 75% of all class meetings. Faculty members may establish additional attendance requirements as outlined in course syllabi. Any student who is not present for at least 75% of the scheduled class sessions for any course will automatically receive a grade of “F” in the course. Any University-related activity necessitating an absence from class will count as an absence when determining whether a student has attended the required 75% of class meetings.


If we meet 15 times, you must attend at least 12 classes to be eligible to pass the course. (If you miss 4 classes you fail.)

If we meet 14 times, you must attend at least 11 classes to be eligible to pass the course. (If you miss 4 classes you fail.)

If we meet 13 times, you must attend at least 10 classes to be eligible to pass the course. (If you miss 4 classes you fail.)


If you miss more than 20min of a class, you will receive a 1/2 absence.




Any student who needs learning accommodations should inform the professor immediately at the beginning of the semester. The student is responsible for obtaining appropriate documentation and information regarding needed accommodations from the Baylor University Office of Access and Learning Accommodation (OALA) and providing it to the professor early in the semester. The OALA phone number is (254) 710-3605 and the office is in Paul L. Foster Success Center - Sid Richardson - Room 190.

Honor Code


I prescribe to the University Honor Code and will enforce its policy on cheating to the letter of the law.


Baylor University policies require that students, staff, and faculty act in academic matters with utmost honesty and integrity. It is the responsibility of each student to be familiar with the Honor Code and other university policies and procedures affecting academic integrity. Students are also encouraged to consider these suggestions:


  • Review each class syllabus for expectations your professor may have regarding course work and class attendance that go beyond those stated in university policies and guidelines and the Honor Code.
  • Be familiar with the importance of academic integrity in class. Understand how citations show respect for other scholars.
  • Talk with your professor if you are confused about citation practices or other research standards.
  • Make sure you understand not only what counts as plagiarism and cheating, but also how to avoid engaging in these practices. Manage your time, take notes correctly, and use the internet appropriately.
  • Make sure you understand your professor’s guidelines about working with other students on assignments, receiving assistance from other students on assignments, citing sources, using notes or exams from previous or other classes, and accessing information during an examination. If in doubt – ASK YOUR PROFESSOR!
  • Understand that penalties can result from dishonest conduct, ranging from failure of the assignment to immediate expulsion from the university.


For more information see the Baylor University Honor Code on the Academic Integrity Web page or contact the Office of Academic Integrity at 254-710-8882 or


Title IX


TITLE IX OFFICE – If you or someone you know would like help related to an experience of sexual violence including sexual assault, harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or other type of non-consensual sexual conduct, please contact Kristan Tucker, the Title IX Coordinator at Baylor University, by email ( or phone (254-710-8454).


Anonymous reporting for students or third parties is also available on the Title IX website,


The Title IX office understands the sensitive nature of these situations and can provide information about available on- and off-campus resources, such as counseling and psychological services, medical treatment, academic support, university housing and other forms of assistance. Staff members at the office will also explain your rights and the judicial process options, if you choose to file a complaint with the University. You will not be required to share your experience, and the Title IX Office will keep any information private. The Title IX Office exists to support and empower students, while allowing them to remain in control.


If you or someone you know feels unsafe or may be in imminent danger, please call the Baylor Police Department (254-710-2222) or Waco Police Department (9-1-1) immediately.