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UNIT 1  Digital DJ  *  Film Scoring  *  Electronic Music  *  Audio Production *  JazzStudies




Your instructor will share with you, the unique format and structure for this class. Please feel free to ask questions along the way.  


Be patient with the initial start-up of this course. Once up and running, you will have the freedom to explore at a pace that works for your learning.  


All subjects will begin their study with the development of the basic tools for audio editing.  Having a working knowledge of Logic or FL Producer will help you moving forward.



BBA Music and the Riley Center


We are fortunate to have high-quality equipment housed in well-kept facilities.  Please do your best to maintain what we have and ensure that it will be better for those that follow you.  In an effort to work together efficiently, please follow a few norms so that we can make the most of our time together:





  • Use the assigned computer station for each class.

  • Store your work in a named file on your desktop.

  • Stay out of other students' files.

  • Log out of all websites and emails when the class is over.

  • If you want to use your personal computer, speak with your instructor.

  • Tuck it and Hang it! Store headphones and chairs in the designated location.

  • Ask permission before adding software or making any changes to the computer.

  • If you disconnect the headphones, reconnect them when you return.

  • Ask before loading any software onto the school computers.

  • Follow all safety guidelines and procedures when using the equipment.

  • Respect the equipment and facilities by handling them carefully and cleaning up after yourself.


  • Take care of all social correspondence (e.g., texting, messaging) online or on your phone before class begins. Only use your cell phone during class if you have permission. Just ask.

  • Let your instructor know if you need to leave the room for any reason. Return promptly.

  • Begin work at the start of class without needing to be prompted by the instructor.

  • Take short breaks as needed, but be mindful of your time management.

  • Avoid distracting others or being distracted during class.

  • If you are confused or need clarification on an assignment, ask a neighbor for help or seek out the instructor. Do not sit in silence.

  • Review your creative work with your peers often.

  • Seek permission before bringing food or drink into the lab. Eat at the main table.

  • Be respectful and humble towards those who may not be as skilled as you.

  • If you need to catch up, consider assigning yourself additional homework or lab time to catch up.

  • Have fun exploring with a purpose, setting goals, and maintaining a focused mindset for learning.

  • Maintain engagement and curiosity by actively participating in class, asking questions, and seeking out new information and resources.

  • Be mindful of your music or audio volume when working in the lab.

  • Help to maintain a positive and collaborative learning environment by being considerate of others and supporting their learning.

  • Follow any additional guidelines or policies set by the school or instructor.





Information on how grades are determined can be found here.










Self Reflective Practice



Please copy these questions and post them into your Unit 1 eNotebook.  Answer them.



To ensure that you have a strong foundation before moving forward, assess yourself on the major skills and understandings presented in this unit.

If you have a gap in your knowledge, go back and address it before moving forward. You can retake an post this assessment at any time.  




1 = I have yet to understand this concept or skill
2 = I have some understanding of the concept, but need am not yet proficient
3 = I have a solid understanding of the material and consider myself proficient.
4 = I have gone way beyond the expectations and am close to mastery.  I could teach this to others I am so amazing.


Please note:  All 3's is the standard expectation for this course.  4's should be reserved for when you go beyond what is expected. 

Rate how well you understand each of the following concepts:



Put a number in front of each learning target.  The number should represent the level you are at, it is not a grade.



I can establish a basic understanding of the workflow used in Logic Pro X

Names for all Windows and Tracks

Locate Preferences – Set audio Card

Turn on the Quick Help tool

Locate and use Playback Control – Transport Bar

Tool bar functions and Cursor functions, Secondary Cursor usage

Key commands – create a list of common key commands

Naming Tracks, Reorder, color tracks, change icons

Drag (blue) Audio Loops into the arrange window to create a basic groove

Use the pointer tool to loop regions – drag top right corner

Option-drag loops to loop them

Alter track volume control – volume, mute, solo

Saving Projects – Bouncing to MP3


LEVEL 1 Loops

Sort apple loops by BPM, Key, and Genre in the Loop window

Preview loops in the loop window

Drag and Drop audio loops into the arrange window, creating new tracks

Loop your loops


LEVEL 2: Loops

Create separate tracks for each instrument type the audio loop represents.

Change the pitch of apple loops by setting the global key for my song

Align loops to the timeline/measures

Loop regions in three different ways, inspector window, point tool, opt. drag.



 I can make a screen shot of my logic project

 I can make a folder on my desktop to store all my work.

 I can clean off my desktop at the end of class

 I take notes on new material

 I can create a Jimdo eNotebook

 I can format, alter and add content to the eNotebook

 I can create a account to store my audio files

 I can get the embed code from the audio file in and embed the code into my eNotebook to create an audio player with my file in it.

 I can embed pictures, screenshots, and text.



I remember to log out of websites

I know to close all software at the end of class

I store headphones in appropriate location

I know to ask permission to add software or alter computer

I know to ask permission to leave the room

I know to ask to bring food or drink into lab

I know to ask to use a cell phone 

I have respect for the learning environment - not distracting others

I remain on task in the classroom for the full duration of the period.



I Can

  • Follow basic instructions on how to be prepared for learning.

  • Bring necessary materials to class

  • Arrive to class on time



I Can 

  •  Do what I am told- Engage in classroom learning when prompted

  •  Demonstrate respect and engagement through proper body language

  •  Manage distractions (Phone, friends, etc.)



I Can

  • Try; Remain engaged in learning when answers are not easily found

  • Identify where learning might be difficult for me; aware of my limitations

  • Identify when I want to give up



I Can

  • Respond verbally or in written form to basic questions related to my performance

  • Offer simple solutions that can improve my own performance



Review your answers carefully.  What evidence is available for your teacher to assess your work?  Is your eNotebook packed full of great evidence?  What areas do you still need to improve?  Go back and learn or tweak anything that may still be a challenge for you.  When you are ready to move on, find your instructor to engage in a 1-1 dialogue on how you completed this unit.  Defend your work and get feedback.  - Thanks



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