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Advising

Advising is a one on one meeting to discuss the curiculum. This makes sure that students are taking the classes they need to complete the AAS or Certificate degrees and helps them make the best choices when options or problems arise. Students should procure a college catalog which contains all of the required classes for the SRT AAS or SRB Certificate you need to get one. Links to various information version can be found here: the curriculum link shows the courses. The catalog link is the overall blueprint for the degree and contains all course parameters. If youven't declared your major to be MSRT (Music - Sound Recording Technology), you will need to do so.

To set up an advising appointment, the process is pretty easy; email Dr. Paul Bissell with a request. A mutually agreeable advising time will be found for the meeting. During the summer and anytime Dr. Bissell is away from campus, basic advising, clearing advising bars, and other registration items can be handled by the department chair Dr. Cynthia Bridges. Students are encouraged to get advising early and register for the classes as soon as possible. The SRT class sizes are small and they fill up very fast.

An SRT student is a music student. Music Theory, Ear Training and Piano are required courses which require a basic knowledge of note identification, rhythms, time and key signatures. There is a short entrance exam given before the each semester for placement in the Music Theory course. If the student does not pass this exam, they are placed in Music Fundamentals to gain this knowledge. The student can then sign up for the above listed classes in the Spring.

Musical Prerequisites

The formal prerequisites (other classes you have to take BEFORE taking a class) are listed with the class outlines in the college catalog. They are also listed on the classes page for the seven technical courses. However, one of the biggest hurdles students hit are the musical prerequisites needed. The MIDI I class's prerequisite of "Simple knowledge of musical keyboard (piano), chords, melody, etc Basic music reading required" means that you will have to create music within specific musical boundaries. You will have to take (for example) preexisting piece of music - on paper - and make a MIDI orchestration of it. If you can't read music, you will fail the class. In addition, one of the most accurate and expedient editors for MIDI data is music notation. You can instantly see incorrect notes and rhythms, and easily drag them back into their correct place. As the prerequisite states, you should be able to PLAY the musical keyboard in a basic fashion and know a few chord progressions to allow you to create music. We don't 'drop in loops' to make up for lack of music ability in this class.