Music Notation Software Lab
Designed primarily for novice users of both notation software and music notation itself, but useful for all, this is a project based, hands-on, workshop type course designed to teach students immediately useful and practical applications of music software (primarily Finale) while bypassing unnecessary and complicated extra features. The curriculum and in-class activity format will have a particular emphasis on the development of skills and techniques which are immediately useful and applicable in helping students complete their assigned work in Berklee music writing courses, particularly those generally encountered by first and second year students. First-years in particular are encouraged to take the course so that they can benefit from acquiring extremely useful skills early in their Berklee career; skills which will then help them have greater success and less frustration with notation right from the start. Additionally, the curriculum of this course is designed to help students learn about the fundamentals of music through the use of notation software, which will support and reinforce the curricula of harmony, theory, composition, and contemporary writing and production courses in particular.