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This course will focus on the delivery of each student’s showcase where a high level of performance and leadership will be developed. Other elements such as stage presence, promotion, and technical support will also be addressed. All showcases will be recorded and videotaped for future use in demo packages.

A weekly one-hour or half-hour private instrumental or vocal lesson is provided for all students. Instruction is available on keyboard, woodwinds, saxophone, percussion, guitar, electric and acoustic, bass, and voice. Lessons are designed to increase students’ technical and musical abilities.

This course is designed to help students develop sight reading and instrumental skills. In it students will be given materials to sight read, read in parts, and work on blending skills. Occasionally, chart reading will be discussed. There will also be some concentration on studio and microphone technique, as well as basic “cueing”.

Prerequisites: MUSC 162.

This course is designed to help students develop sight reading and instrumental skills. In it students will be given materials to sight read, read in parts, and work on blending skills. Occasionally, chart reading will be discussed. There will also be some concentration on studio and microphone technique, as well as basic “cueing”.

Prerequisites: MUSC 264.

 

This course is designed to strengthen your songwriting skills in every respect. Closer attention is paid to marketing skills, legal procedures, finding one’s personal niche in the music business (whether to focus on one’s own style, concentrate on writing tunes for other acts, or both; whether to go through a publisher or be your own publisher; etc.). Co-writing music will be explored (you put lyrics to someone else’s music; they put music to yours). In class time centers around the analysis of successful songwriters in every genre.

Prerequisites: MUSC 268 (Songwriting I)

This course provides students with an introduction to recording principles and practices. Through theoretical and hands-on instruction, students acquire a basic understanding of studio technologies and recording skills. Topics include: fundamentals of analog recording, design and function of microphones, loudspeakers and acoustical considerations in recording and sound reproduction, and studio maintenance. The student engineer works with a student producer and artist. A minimum of two recording projects is required for successful course completion.

This course is designed to improve the skills of composers by presenting a wide variety of compositional tools in styles ranging from Classical to Jazz, Folk, Rock and Pop. By studying the recordings and scores of composers throughout history each student gains a musical awareness that strengthens their own compositional process. Particular attention is paid to the “building blocks of a composition;” the musical elements such as melody, harmony and rhythm that are at the core of the creative process. In class performance and analysis of student compositions occurs on a weekly basis and midterm and final assignments are recorded.

This course is designed to improve the skills of composers by presenting a wide variety of compositional tools in styles ranging from Classical to Jazz, Folk, Rock and Pop. By studying the recordings and scores of composers throughout history each student gains a musical awareness that strengthens their own compositional process. Particular attention is paid to the “building blocks of a composition;” the musical elements such as melody, harmony and rhythm that are at the core of the creative process. In class performance and analysis of student compositions occurs on a weekly basis and midterm and final assignments are recorded.

This course provides students with an understanding of the different compositional techniques used in feature film genres such as drama, suspense, comedy and action/adventure. The course content includes analysis of film soundtracks of the past and present, the business of being a film composer, film scoring technology, orchestration, conducting, and how to get started as a film composer. Weekly assignments require students to compose music to picture for subsequent review by the instructor. At the end of the term students will have created a large portfolio of audio and visual material.

This course is designed to improve the skills of composers by presenting a wide variety of compositional tools in styles ranging from Classical to Jazz, Folk, Rock and Pop. By studying the recordings and scores of composers throughout history each student gains a musical awareness that strengthens their own compositional process. Particular attention is paid to the “building blocks of a composition;” the musical elements such as melody, harmony and rhythm that are at the core of the creative process. In class performance and analysis of student compositions occurs on a weekly basis and midterm and final assignments are recorded.

This course continues the study of compositional building blocks started in Composition 1 with an additional focus on arranging and orchestration. Topics include advanced contemporary techniques such as quartal and quintal harmony, pandiatonicism, minimalism, world music percussion concepts and string and vocal arranging for popular music. Composers of interest include Sting, John Lennon, Bach, Stravinsky, Steve Reich, and Miles Davis.

The purpose of this course is three-fold: To provide the student with an awareness of the career possibilities in the field of music; To introduce students to some of the major aspects of the music profession, and; To introduce students to basic general business practices. This course is particularly beneficial to students planning a career in the music industry.