141 (formerly 63) / ES 95me
Electronic Musical Instrument Design
COURSE POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS
Fall Semester 2019
Instructor: Paul D. Lehrman
Mo We 4:30-5:45 pm, Curtis Hall Basement Lab 011
Required texts (readings are not optional)
What is MIDI?, download from here
Course Pack at Gnomon Copy, Boston Avenue
Articles on Web, as assigned
Software and Hardware manuals, as assigned
Class Participation (including attendance): 25%
Class Assignments: 25%
Mid Term Exam: 20%
Final Project and Report: 30%
Assignments will be classified in two categories: solo and team. Solo assignments are to be completed by each student alone, and all work handed in must be the student’s. Team assignments or projects are to be completed along with your team. All students are expected to contribute to every team project. Team members may be graded differently, depending on their contributions to a particular project and the quality of their report.
The Midterm exam will be written, and will be take-home. It is expected that all work on the exam will be the work of the student whose name appears on the exam.
Final Project & Presentation
Every student, working as part of a team, will design and build a working prototype of an electronic musical instrument. These projects will be presented to the class and the Tufts community during Finals week.
You are expected to be on time. Attendance will be recorded and incorporated into the grading of the course. If you have a conflict that will prevent you from attending a class, please discuss it with me as far ahead of time as possible. If you are ill, or you are going to be late, please let me know (by e-mail), or else tell another member of the class, and make sure he or she tells me.
If youre not going to show up, don't hang up the rest of the class waiting for you!
Remember: You are responsible for any information presented during a missed class.
Also: If you know you are going to miss a class, and you have an assignment due that day, you must arrange with me or another student to present the material: you must make your presentation materials or files available, along with written instructions explaining how it should be presented, and its major points of interest. If you dont do this, your grade for that assignment will be zero.
The Lab, Equipment, and Software
Access to the outside door of the Curtis basement is by ID swipe. Access to the lab is by key.
• Be sure the lab is locked if you are the last to leave. Work to make the lab as secure as possible. We don't want to lose any equipment or material.
• Do not use any equipment or software that has not been covered in class.
• Do not use any power tools if you are alone in the lab!
• Always wear safety goggles when using power tools!!
• Make sure all the equipment at each station is reset to its nominal settings, so that other students don't have problems. Turn off the audio systems, instruments, synths, and electronics. Leave the computers on, but Quit all applications. Put away the tools, and clean up the parts bins.
Team files, reading assignments, and other reference materials are stored in the Google Drive folder on each computer. Personal assignments can be stored there as well, in a personal folder, but make sure they are backed up to a portable or thumb drive.
Consulting and office hours
My office is in the Granoff Music Center, room 246, 617-627-5657. My office hours are Monday 3-4 pm, but I am also usually available for a brief period right after each class, and I will be happy to meet with you at other times, by appointment, for consulting and questions about the course work, your assignments, or other relevant topics. The best way to reach me is by e-mail. For emergencies only, I can be reached by phone at home. I live in Medford, and my number is listed.
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