Introduction to the course
As a music major, one of the most useful classes that I took in college was "Computer Applications in Music". It was one of the classes that you tried to take as early on in your music program as possible so that you would know how to more easily create music for your theory and form classes, as well as transcribe solos and cadenzas, create music for your students, and a whole slew of other things. It was a basic, simple class, but it was so essential for everything else that we did.
We primarily learned to use a program called Finale. While the program is indeed fantastic, the $600 premium product available to us as students at the computer lab is not a program that I can personally afford. I have been simply satisfied with the $50 print-music program my husband bought a few years ago until I found....drumroll....
I would like to help the online community learn how to use this program. Based on my college syllabus, the lessons and assignments will be posted here and you can do them at your convenience. The lessons start simple enough, but they progress rapidly with the purpose of introducing as many necessary tools as possible in a few lessons, even if you are a beginner. Being able to read music is a prerequisite. Every lesson builds on the last, so skipping isn't advised.
Some side benefits for learning about computer music notation would be
1. Playback feature to see if what they "wrote" was what they want it to be- instant feedback!
2. Solidify rhythmic notation- in a 4/4 measure, you can only put 4 counts, no more, and if you do less, the measure will fill up with rests.
3. Encourage music composition
If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section and I will try to answer them. I would love your feedback!
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