Music Composition Intensive
Last Updated: 11/17/2008
Fall and Winter quarters
Faculty: Terry Setter music
Major areas of study include music composition, music history, musical aesthetics and research presentation.
Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.
Prerequisites: At least 12 credits of college-level music study. Please contact Terry Setter at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
This program will not be accepting new students winter quarter.
This is a half-time, upper-division program in formal music composition that is designed to support students who are interested in writing original music for various instruments and contexts. The program reading and listening will focus primarily on late 20th century contemporary classical music, such as the work of John Adams, Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, and Steve Reich. Students will study composition, aesthetics, and contemporary music history in order to gain a broad perspective on these subjects and the greatest number of related skills. There will be a weekly composition forum where students can present their work for feedback and critique. Students will also research related topics and present their findings in an oral report. This is not a course in songwriting, "electronica", or hip-hop related music; however, there will be an opportunity to write a pop song.
Readings will familiarize students with approaches to music composition and historical developments that influenced composers during the last 75 years, focusing on the application of specific compositional techniques and on becoming familiar with influential composers and compositions from that period. In fall, students will be responsible for composing a solo, a duet, and a small ensemble piece. In winter, students will write a prepared piano piece, a Top 40 style pop song, and an ensemble piece of their own choosing. Research topics will be selected for oral presentation during both quarters.
Because this is an eight-credit program, students are encouraged to take one or more additional courses listed in the Evening & Weekend Studies catalog or another half time program to complete their 16 credit course load. If you are interested in developing your creative voice in music composition, this is the program for you.
Credits: 8 per quarter
Special Expenses: $50 for an overnight, off-campus program retreat.
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in music and media.
|November 17th, 2008||Restriction against joining program winter quarter added.|