We're rounding up some of the best looking summer 2013 courses offered by Coursera, "an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free." It's a great way for anybody to brush up on some music-related topics or even learn a new thing or two over the summer months. Here are the summer 2013 Coursera offerings for music:
Fundamentals of Audio and Music Engineering: Part 1 Musical Sound & Electronics
Instructors: Robert Clark and Mark Bocko (University of Rochester) Start Date: June 3rd Length: 6 Weeks Description: In this course students learn the basic concepts of acoustics and electronics and how they can applied to understand musical sound and make music with electronic instruments. Topics include: sound waves, musical sound, basic electronics, and applications of these basic principles in amplifiers and speaker design.
History of Rock, Part Two
Instructors: John Covach (University of Rochester) Start Date: July 8th Length: 6 Weeks Description: Learn about the growth of rock music, from the early 1970s through the rise of punk and disco in the late 1970s, and from the emergence of MTV, hip hop, and heavy metal in 1980s to the rebellion of Nirvana in the early 90s.
Instructors: Pat Pattison (Berklee College of Music) Start Date: July 19th Length: 6 Weeks Description: Learn an efficient, effective process for writing songs that express your ideas and emotions, including a range of tools that revolve around the concept of prosody—the matching of lyrics and music to support your underlying message.
Introduction to Music Production
Instructors: Loudon Stearns (Berklee College of Music) Start Date: July 19th Length: 6 Weeks Description: Learn about the music production process—including recording, editing, and mixing—and the tools available to you to create contemporary music on your computer.
Fundamentals of Rehearsing Music Ensembles
Instructors: Evan Feldman (UNC Chapel Hill) Start Date: August 2013 Length: 8 Weeks Description: Learn and practice the basic principles of running an effective music ensemble rehearsal. Techniques and strategies are applicable to a variety of ensembles, including bands, orchestras, choirs, and chamber groups.
Survey of Music Technology
Instructors: Jason A. Freeman (Georgia Institute of Technology) Start Date: August 26th Length: 6 Weeks Description: Learn to make music with digital audio workstation software, understand the theory and history behind music production tools, and write your own computer programs to make new music and sounds.