- Course Number:
- MUS 240B
- Course Title:
- Music Composition
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
- Special Fee:
Covers music composition with focus on 20th and 21st century compositional techniques and materials. Includes composition of chamber and concert works with the goal of compiling a portfolio of original works. Prerequisite: MUS 240A. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion students should be able to:Utilize intermediate?level contemporary music composition techniques to create intermediate-levelmusical works.Compose intermediate?level musical works using ones continually developing personal musicallanguage.Foster the creative exchange of musical ideas through the use of intermediate?level compositionalskills.
Course Activities and Design
Score and part preparation and proofing.Completion of a work from conception to performance.Improvisation as means of generating of musical ideas.Analysis of masterworks in variety of genres and styles (esempii classici).Transcription and/or arranging of preexisting works.Balancing unity, variety and form.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Portfolio of professionally prepared original scores for a variety of instrumentalcombinations including voice(s).Reading sessions of original works by peers, faculty, and semi-professional orprofessional performers.One-on-one instructor/student conferences.Participation in written and oral peer review and evaluation.Written quantitative/qualitative examination.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Variation techniquesTonality, modality and atonalityIntervallic cell-based composition and serialism as alternative means ofmelodic/harmonic organizationBasic orchestration and idiomatic instrumental/vocal writingMelodic transformation and development techniquePolyphony contrapuntal and imitative proceduresNon-tertian harmony and synthetic melodic materialsWriting for the voice - selecting and setting textIndeterminancy in performance and music compositionGraphic notation and scoresExtended instrumental and vocal technique