Music Notation  Software

PY.350.871 | Spring 2017

 

 

DESCRIPTION

 

Music Notation Software provides a comprehensive introduction to the use of current software systems for music notation. Intended for the absolute beginner, the course will take the student through the basics, from simple single-line melodies to large orchestral scores. Additional score formats which present special problems such as choral and other vocal scores, chamber music scores piano scores, etc. Parts extraction and transposition will also be covered.

Additional related topics such as modern notation standards, MIDI, MIDI software, creating simulated performances using MIDI, etc. will also be covered. The course will focus primarily on Coda’s popular Finale application, but other current software such as Sibelius will be looked at as well.

This course carries two credits

 

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. 1.Use Finale to create professional looking scores for many ensemble 

  2. 2.Have an understanding of the differences between Finale and Sibelius 

  1. 2.Create score for small and large orchestras 

  2. 3.extract parts from a score in a proper format. 

 

 

INSTRUCTOR

Dr. McGregor Boyle      boyle@peabody.jhu.edu

 

 

COURSE MEETINGS

The course will meet Tuesday from 5;30-6:30 in room 314 (Studio Alpha) followed by a lab session from 6:30-7:30 in the Computer Lab.

 

 

OFFICE HOURS

Office hours will be immediately before the class at 5:00pm.

Other times by appointment.

 

 

 

GRADING

There will be regular reading and notation assignments.  A running list of the class assignments will be posted on the instructor's web page at

 

 http://pcm.peabody.jhu.edu/~boyle/notation.html

Grades will be determined by the quality of the assignments (75%); and class attendance and participation (25%).

 

 

GUIDELINES

Notation assignments will be due one week after they are given. Assignments turned in one week late will receive one-half credit, while those turned in two weeks late will receive one-quarter credit. No credit will be given after two weeks.

Because thew class only meets once a week, attendance is mandatory. Missing more than one class will result in a lowered grade.

 

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students enrolled at Peabody are obliged to refrain from acts that threaten the academic integrity of the Conservatory such as cheating or plagiarism.  Violations are reported to Academic Affairs for adjudication and documentation in the student academic record.  Please familiarize yourself with this and all other academic regulations at:

http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/academicaffairs  

 

 

 

DIVERSITY & DISABILITY STATEMENT

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University values diversity and inclusion.  We are committed to a climate of mutual respect and civility among members of our community.  Peabody recognizes that disability is an aspect of diversity.  Our goal is to create learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming.  If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or to accurate assessment or achievement related to your disability, please notify the instructor as soon as possible.  Students are also welcome to contact Kyley Sommer, Director of Student Affairs in the Office of Student Affairs, in-person, via email at ksommer@jhu.edu, or by phone at (667) 208-6700  for further information about academic adjustments or accommodations.  

 

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Coda Corp.  Finale Manual. Eden Prarie, MN: Coda, 2004.

 

Read, Gardner.  Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice. New York: Taplinger 1979.

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Coda Corp.  Finale Manual. Eden Prarie, MN: Coda, 2004.

 

Read, Gardner.  Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice. New York: Taplinger 1979.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

 

 

WEEK

TOPIC/READING/ASSIGNMENT

01

09/06/16

Finale Basics

02

09/12/16

Scoring a string quartet

03

09/20/16

Piano/vocal scoring using lyrics

04

09/27/16

Choral score with pianos, also using lyrics

05

10/04/16

Polyphonic keyboard writing usin=g layers

06

10/11/16

Working with MIDI files

07

10/18/16

Contemporary/ experimental notation

08

10/25/16

Midterm exam

09

11/01/16

Wind Ensmble scoring

10

11/08/16

Small orchestra (18th centiry) scoring

11

11/15/16

Large Orchestra scoring part 1

12

11/22/16

Thanksgiving

13

11/29/16

Large Orchestra scoring part 2

14

12/06/16

Part extraction

15

12/13/16

Completion of Final Project

 

 

Music Notation  Software

PY.350.871 | Spring 2017

 

 

DESCRIPTION

 

Music Notation Software provides a comprehensive introduction to the use of current software systems for music notation. Intended for the absolute beginner, the course will take the student through the basics, from simple single-line melodies to large orchestral scores. Additional score formats which present special problems such as choral and other vocal scores, chamber music scores piano scores, etc. Parts extraction and transposition will also be covered.

Additional related topics such as modern notation standards, MIDI, MIDI software, creating simulated performances using MIDI, etc. will also be covered. The course will focus primarily on Coda’s popular Finale application, but other current software such as Sibelius will be looked at as well.

This course carries two credits

 

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. 1.Use Finale to create professional looking scores for many ensemble 

  2. 2.Have an understanding of the differences between Finale and Sibelius 

  1. 2.Create score for small and large orchestras 

  2. 3.extract parts from a score in a proper format. 

 

 

INSTRUCTOR

Dr. McGregor Boyle      boyle@peabody.jhu.edu

 

 

COURSE MEETINGS

The course will meet Tuesday from 5;30-6:30 in room 314 (Studio Alpha) followed by a lab session from 6:30-7:30 in the Computer Lab.

 

 

OFFICE HOURS

Office hours will be immediately before the class at 5:00pm.

Other times by appointment.

 

 

 

GRADING

There will be regular reading and notation assignments.  A running list of the class assignments will be posted on the instructor's web page at

 

 http://pcm.peabody.jhu.edu/~boyle/notation.html

Grades will be determined by the quality of the assignments (75%); and class attendance and participation (25%).

 

 

GUIDELINES

Notation assignments will be due one week after they are given. Assignments turned in one week late will receive one-half credit, while those turned in two weeks late will receive one-quarter credit. No credit will be given after two weeks.

Because thew class only meets once a week, attendance is mandatory. Missing more than one class will result in a lowered grade.

 

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students enrolled at Peabody are obliged to refrain from acts that threaten the academic integrity of the Conservatory such as cheating or plagiarism.  Violations are reported to Academic Affairs for adjudication and documentation in the student academic record.  Please familiarize yourself with this and all other academic regulations at:

http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/academicaffairs  

 

 

 

DIVERSITY & DISABILITY STATEMENT

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University values diversity and inclusion.  We are committed to a climate of mutual respect and civility among members of our community.  Peabody recognizes that disability is an aspect of diversity.  Our goal is to create learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming.  If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or to accurate assessment or achievement related to your disability, please notify the instructor as soon as possible.  Students are also welcome to contact Kyley Sommer, Director of Student Affairs in the Office of Student Affairs, in-person, via email at ksommer@jhu.edu, or by phone at (667) 208-6700  for further information about academic adjustments or accommodations.  

 

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Coda Corp.  Finale Manual. Eden Prarie, MN: Coda, 2004.

 

Read, Gardner.  Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice. New York: Taplinger 1979.

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Coda Corp.  Finale Manual. Eden Prarie, MN: Coda, 2004.

 

Read, Gardner.  Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice. New York: Taplinger 1979.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

 

 

WEEK

TOPIC/READING/ASSIGNMENT

01

09/06/16

Finale Basics

02

09/12/16

Scoring a string quartet

03

09/20/16

Piano/vocal scoring using lyrics

04

09/27/16

Choral score with pianos, also using lyrics

05

10/04/16

Polyphonic keyboard writing usin=g layers

06

10/11/16

Working with MIDI files

07

10/18/16

Contemporary/ experimental notation

08

10/25/16

Midterm exam

09

11/01/16

Wind Ensmble scoring

10

11/08/16

Small orchestra (18th centiry) scoring

11

11/15/16

Large Orchestra scoring part 1

12

11/22/16

Thanksgiving

13

11/29/16

Large Orchestra scoring part 2

14

12/06/16

Part extraction

15

12/13/16

Completion of Final Project