DAN MITCHELL

Email: mitchelldan@deanza.edu

During the 2019 winter term I teach Music 1A: Introduction to Music (MW 9:30-11:20) and Music 51: Introduction to Electronic Music (MW12:30-2:45). See the upper menu bar for links to course information and materials.

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Emeritus Faculty

I retired at the end of the spring 2017 term, though I teach some post-retirement classes in the winter quarter. In addition to material related to teaching, I post updates here about my other current activities.

Note that some archived course materials on this website may not be current.

Visit the De Anza College website or contact Music Department faculty members for up-to-date information about the music program.

The Music Performance Groups  PDL project website is still online.

Photography

I am also a photographer. Many know my landscape photography, but I also do nature, night, street, and travel photography

My book, California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra (Heyday Books, Berkeley) was published in the summer of 2015.

Two of my night photography prints were accepted into the Nocturnes and Noir exhibit at the Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco, February 11 through April 2, 2017.

For the fifth consecutive year my photography was selected for inclusion in the Yosemite Renaissance exhibit in Yosemite Valley after which the show tours California.

Five of my prints were included in The Great Certainty: Photographs Commemorating 100 Years of National Park Stewardship at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley in 2016.

In September 2016 I presented book talks at several Bay Area REI stores.

Each October I exhibit at San Francisco Artspan Open Studios with Studio Nocturne SF — a San Francisco Bay Area night photography collective.

De Anza College has a wonderful photography program — consider enrolling in a photography class!

Winter 2019 Final Exam Session Days And Times

Final exam sessions for my winter 2019 classes are scheduled in accordance with the official De Anza College final exam schedule.


MUSIC 1A: MUSIC APPRECIATION
Final exam session: Monday, March 25 at 9:15am-11:15am
We use this session for Test #3, and for optional retakes of test #1 or #2.

ATTENDANCE AT THE FINAL EXAM SESSION IS REQUIRED.


MUSIC 51: INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC MUSIC
Final exam session: Wednesday, March 27 at 11:30am-1:30pm
We use the scheduled final exam session for playback of final projects & optional retake of test #1.

ATTENDANCE AT THE FINAL EXAM SESSION IS REQUIRED.

I will offer an additional open lab time for Music 51 on Monday, March 25 at about 12:30-2:00pm. Watch your email and this website for updates.


These days/times are also listed in the online course calendars for both classes. Additional information about the final exam week activities and related issues has been covered in class and elsewhere at this website. Email the instructor immediately if you have any questions.

 

Important Note Regarding Final Exam Sessions

You are required to attend your scheduled final exam session(s) for my classes.

Final exam sessions are critically important and attending them should be your very highest priority this week.

Missing your final exam session may have serious consequences including a failing grade in your class, even if your work up until that time was OK.

Because faculty have short deadlines for submitting final course grades we generally calculate and turn in final course grades very soon following an exam. My practice begin grading final tests and projects immediately following each exam session and to then turn in final course grades right away.

Music 51: Extra Open Lab On Monday 3/25

do plan to the A91 classroom on Monday afternoon, March 25 for students who need some extra, last-minute lab time to complete Music 51 final projects. I anticipate that the classroom will be open at:

12:30-2:00pm
Monday, March 25

While I do not anticipate any conflicts, I cannot rule out the (very slight!) possibility that someone else may need to use the room on Monday afternoon, too. If things change I’ll post an update here and via email.

“Short Ride in a Fast Machine” — for pianos

Music 1A students, you heard this piece in its original orchestra version. Here it is played by two (very talented) pianists.

Music 51: Week 11 and Finals Week Schedule

A91 will be open from 12:00 noon until 3:00pm for extra lab work time during week 11.

Week 11

  • Monday, March 18
    • Return Quiz #4
    • Work time on final project
    • Lab open 12:00-3:00
    • Submit requests to retake test #1 at final exam session. (optional)
  • Wednesday, March 20
    • Last regular class meeting before next week’s final exam session.
    • Final opportunity to submit request for optional retake of test #1 at final.
    • Test #2 (based on quizzes #3 and #4)
    • Work on final project — finish it today!
    • Lab open 12:-3:00

Week 12 — Final Exams Week

  • Monday, March 25
    • Final exam schedule begins — NO CLASS ON MONDAY
    • There may be some open lab in the afternoon, but no guarantees just yet. Watch for updates in class and via email.
  • Wednesday, March 27 AT 11:30-1:30 <– NOTE THE EARLIER-THAN-USUAL TIME!
    • Two-hour final exam session.
    • We start one hour earlier than usual on the final exam session day!!!
    • You are required to be present for the full two-hour period.
    • Playback final projects.
    • Optional: You may re-take test #1 if you want to raise your test #1 grade.

IMPORTANT: INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS SUBJECT TO UPDATES IN CLASS AND IN SUBSEQUENT POSTS AT THIS WEBSITE.

Music 1A: IMPORTANT! — CORRECTED Final Study Assignment — Thru Chapter 20

On Sunday evening a student brought to my attention an error in the course calendar. My listings in week 10 and week 11 for the final study assignment have the wrong chapter numbers. The correct chapters include Chapters 11 through 20: Music Since 1945: Five Representative Pieces.

(The calendar listing did not include chapter 20 and it was ambiguous about chapter 19.)

You are not responsible for these missing chapters on the Monday quiz, but you must study them before Wednesday’s class.


While I have your attention…

… Here is a quick summary of the remainder of the term. (As always, consult the online course calendar and other website information for full details.)

Monday, March 18

  • Quiz
  • Extra-credit work is due at start of class

Wednesday, March 20

  • Optional re-take of Monday’s quiz.
  • Due date for the last listening assignment of the quarter.
  • Deadline for requests to retake either test #1 or test #2 at final exam session.

Monday, March 25

  • Final exam session: 9:15am-11:15am.
  • Test #3.
  • Turn in any remaining extra credit concert reviews from final two concerts.
  • Optional retake of test #1 or test #2 for students who turned in requests.
  • This is the final meeting of the class.

IMPORTANT: INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS SUBJECT TO UPDATES IN CLASS AND IN SUBSEQUENT POSTS AT THIS WEBSITE.

Music 1A: End-of-term advice…

Sometimes as we get close to the end of the quarter I see a trend in some work, particularly the listening assignments, that you should pay attention to.

As we get to more modern music we find that there are some non-intuitive ideas and characteristics at work in this music and (as we have discussed) the sheer number of composers and ideas about music can be a bit overwhelming.

As I read assignment #8 this week I am seeing a larger-then-usual number of question responses that suggest — how to put this delicately — that some of you answered without actually reading about the music in the text and perhaps without actually listening to the music. (more…)

Music 51: Remaining Schedule

Week 10

  • Wednesday, March 13
    • Quiz #4 Due, and will review in class.
    • Quiz #3 Returned
    • Work time on final project
    • Lab open 12:00-3:00

Week 11

  • Monday, March 18
    • Return Quiz #4
    • Work time on final project
    • Lab open 12:00-3:00
  • Wednesday, March 20
    • Last regular class meeting before next week’s final exam session.
    • Test #2 (based on quizzes #3 and #4)
    • Work on final project — finish it today!
    • Lab open 12:-3:00

Week 12 — Final Exams Week

  • Monday, March 25
    • Final exam schedule begins — NO CLASS ON MONDAY
    • There may be some open lab in the afternoon, but no guarantees yet.
  • Wednesday, March 27 AT 11:30-1:30
    • Two-hour final exam session.
    • Playback final projects.
    • Optional: You may re-take test #1 if you want to raise your test #1 grade.

IMPORTANT: INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS SUBJECT TO UPDATES IN CLASS AND IN SUBSEQUENT POSTS AT THIS WEBSITE.

Music 1A: Concert List Update And Extra Credit Reminder!

I have posted the final update of the quarter to the concert list, this time for students who will submit the optional second concert report next Monday, March 18. While the time is getting short… there are a number of events on the list this week. If you plan to go and still have not… pick and event and go right away!

If you plan to submit extra-credit work be sure to check this website to confirm requirements and deadlines. With on exception, all extra credit work is due at the start of class on Monday, March 18 — and late extra credit is not accepted. 

The one exception has to do with “reviews” of the approved De Anza College Music Department concerts. These are always due at the very next class session following the performance. In some cases this means that they are due at the final exam session. See the event listing for details.

Music 51: Week Ten Notes

We switch gears starting today — your primary focus going forward (though not quite your only focus) is the final projectHere is a summary of where we are and what is coming up.

  1. Start your final project today if you haven’t already started it. (Look up the project requirements on the assignments page.)
  2. Today I will hear assignment #6. If you don’t finish it by the midpoint of the period or so…you should perhaps consider moving on to the final project today and then coming back to #6 later if you complete the final project and have time left over.
  3. Take some time in class today to look over quiz #4 — you may need to look at the Logic application in class to answer some of the questions… and you will NOT have time to do that on Wednesday.
  4. Test #2 is next Wednesday, March 20. That is also the last regular class meeting before our final exam session.
  5. The final exam session is at 11:30 (not 12:30!!!) until 1:30 on Wednesday, March 27 — that is two weeks from this coming Wednesday. The only thing we do at the final exam session is play back your final projects. You are required to attend and you should expect to stay for the entire two-hour period.
  6. You may optionally retake the first test at the final exam session. If you plan to do this, speak to me ahead of time so that I’ll know how many copies to bring. Once we have played back all of the final projects you may re-take that test. I will average your first test #1 grade with your retake test #1 grade.
  7. There is an Intermediate Electronic Music (Music 8) class next quarter. It is only offered once per year… so sign up for spring quarter!

IMPORTANT ADDENDUM: During this week and next week I plan to arrive at about 12:00 and stay until 3:00 or later so that you can get additional lab time to work on final projects.

ADDENDUM #2: Prioritization on the final project.

  1. Finish it! (affects your grade!)
  2. Hit all of the requirements. (affects your grade!)
  3. Make it sound great. ( does NOT directly affect your grade!)

Get it done first. Make it better later!