A big step in the process was creating a new music technology lab. "This summer, I've been working on … that in terms of putting together proposals, pricing things, and we've submitted it to the dean — that is going to be really helpful in allowing us to have classes that we didn't have before," David Carter
, Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Composition at Loyola Marymount University, explains.
As part of the concentration, students will take the music technology class, the popular music analysis class (which David will be teaching), and other electives beyond that. "The music technology class is going to be focused on Logic and Ableton primarily, and a little bit of notation software," the professor says. "At Loyola, we have a recording arts program, which is in a different school, and they're very Pro Tools-based." The emphasis of the course will be to set up the scientific foundation: teaching musicians about acoustics, synthesis, and working with software and MIDI. The popular music analysis class, on the other hand, will be looking at form and harmony. "With this course we really try to include a mix of different types of topics, both historical and contemporary perspectives," he mentions.
Carter himself has had an interesting route in deciding to pursue composition. "I grew up doing a lot of music, playing piano, and singing," he continues. Earning a B.A. in English Literature at Yale University and J.D. at the University of Southern California, music still played an important role in the professor's college experience even though he wasn't a music major. "I worked as a lawyer for four years in Los Angeles, and then I started spending more time with music," David remembers. "I quit my job … and became interested in pursuing music, and decided to start taking classes at UCLA."