Music 253/CS 275a Winter 2014 Syllabus

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Music 253/CS 275a "Symbolic Musical Information"
Stanford University (Winter 2014).

This music-information course surveys symbolic frameworks and methods for a wide range of musical applications. Areas covered include advanced notation systems, optical music recognition, data conversion and synchronization, and the internal structure of data files. The course is preparatory for Music 254/CS 275B (Music Query, Analysis, and Style Simulation), which focuses on projects requiring a working knowledge of notation and sound software.

Meeting times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:15–3:05
Location: Braun Music Building, room 128 (or entry also from room 129)
Instructors: Eleanor Selfridge-Field (
Craig Stuart Sapp (
Office Hours: 3:05–4:05 Wednesdays and by appointment.
Credits: 2–4

Four-credits: class attendance: 25%; weekly assignments: 50%; take-home final: 25%.
Three-credit/no final: class attendance: 33%; weekly assignments: 67%.
Two-credit/no final: choices negotiable (selected homeworks).

Website: 253 Overview of individual topics presented in Music 253.
Prerequisites: Ability to read standard music notation. Knowledge of central concepts of tonal music theoory (see Tutorial).
Textbook: E. Selfridge-Field, ed., Beyond MIDI: The Handbook of Musical Codes (MIT Press, 1997). Available online by permission of the publisher.


See also Music 254/CS 275b Syllabus

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