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Music Technology at Bethel College

Electronic music has emerged from specialized studios and today pervades music for education, television, films, recordings, and live performances. Music students must develop competencies in the use of music technology in order to thrive in the various musical professions and avocations. More music is being produced for the recorded medium, and live performance has been affected by technology through expanded use of synthesizers and MIDI instrument controllers, interactive computer performance processing and by the inclusion of sequenced and prerecorded musical elements into concert music performance settings.

In order to prepare our students for music in the 21st Century, the Music Department at Bethel College continues to develop and expand its Music Technology. We have a number of new interactive computer/MIDI stations in our current Laboratory . Each station consists of a Macintosh computer, MIDI keyboard (for interactive music drill and composition), sound modules, recording equipment, sampler, and software (music theory, history, composition, and education). The department's primary goal in expanding this Music Computer Laboratory is to provide students with the technology to thrive in an ever-changing musical culture.

The Music Tehchnology Laboratory at Bethel College is designed to provide students with:

  • A conceptual overview of music and technology;
  • A broad perspective of the many ways people can use technology in music (e.g., in teaching, composition, arranging, recording, and performing);
  • Opportunities for using commercial CAI music software (e.g., aural skills, music theory, sequencing, notation, music history, and composition/improvisation);
  • Experience in setting up a personal MIDI/computer music station;
  • Proficiency using notation software (i.e., entry systems, rules and control of notation, layout and format, playback options through MIDI, and printing);
  • Experience using recording equipment (recorders, mixers, microphones, effects processors, and amplifiers);
  • A conceptual overview and practical experiences with analog and digital recording technology and equipment;
  • Creative experiences with sequencing software;
  • Requisite knowledge for designing a MIDI/electronic recording workstation;
  • Knowledge of software that help create, edit, and store sounds within MIDI devices and various types of recorders (analog and digital);
  • Experience using software and hardware for word-processing and desktop publishing including software, scanners, printers, and digital video;
  • An understanding of hardware available for digital sound boards, direct-to-disk recording, and digital tape and disc recorders; and
  • Experience with communications software and Internet client software such as Netscape Navigator e-mail, news groups, WWW, and others.

A Typical Computer Music Workstation includes the following equipment:

  • Computer
  • MIDI Keyboard
  • Sound Module
  • Sampler
  • Analog and Digital Recording Equipment
  • CD Recorder
  • Speakers and Headphones
  • LaserWriter
  • Scanner
  • Internet Connection
  • Software

Digital Piano Laboratory

Bethel's Piano Laboratory is equipped with Roland digital pianos, each with a full 88 key compass and a weighted key action that is very close to an acoustic piano action. These stations are designed for the needs of our classes in keyboard harmony, piano proficiency, and class piano.