Music and Gaming

Monday, July 12th - Thursday, July 15th
Application Deadline: June 30th
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The Program:
This is an abbreviated course derived from Music and Gaming offered at AU. This course allows students (ages 15-18) to learn to communicate about a medium with which they already have familiarity and develop it into academic discourse. Topics include development of video game history, composition of music for games, evaluation of personal favorites (while developing a baseline criteria for quality vs. “what they like”), and the idea of ethnicity representation in video games (musical ideologies and made up languages).

Dr. Raul G. Barcenes currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Alfred University where his primary assignment is conducting bands and teaching courses in the Performing Arts Division. Prior to this appointment, he taught band and orchestra at Orr Middle School, a Title I, Tier I institution in the Clark County School District where he helped ensembles and music participation in one of the most urban areas in Las Vegas, NV. Previous appointments include faculty positions at Nevada State College, Coastal Carolina University, Elon University and in the public schools of California, North Carolina, and Texas.

You will attend classes and discussions via an online, virtual platform. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and online platform details, will be sent upon acceptance.

The cost is $100. A deposit of $50 is required.

How To Apply:
We are partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

Acceptance Next Steps:
The program director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be sent via email. Once campers are accepted, they will be directed to pay the camp tuition and will be provided with the official schedule and online platform information. Any questions should be directed to Raul Barcenes.


Philosophical discussion of play and its uses in society

Break (15 min)

Discussion of what they like vs. quality

Developing a scorecard for quality (discussion of parameters, weighting, etc. to reduce bias)

Homework: Watch documentary on history of video games (appox. 1.5 hrs)

Similar schedules in every day depending on what the theme is for that day. Other topics will include timbre, musical instrument sampling, collaboration and connection of gaming, etc. Through these discussions, and by the 3rd day, they should feel comfortable discussing.

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.

Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.