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.

A survey of the music of the jazz idiom from its origins to the present. Included is a chronological study of important soloists, bands, vocalists, and composers. Classes will be partly lecture aided by video clips and partly analysis with intensive listening. 

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

Prerequisites: MUSC 163.

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

Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to help you prepare for survival in the competitive world of the songwriter's market. Learn about all types of styles while striving to define your own. Special attention is paid to the rudiments of songwriting: creativity, basic theory (usage of basic rhythms, scales, harmony, melodic patterns, lyrics, etc.), basic styles (pop. rock, folk, country, etc.), production patterns, and the legalities of the music business. The class also spends time analyzing the work of other writers (successful and unsuccessful; those who have maintained artistic integrity and those who have not).

Prerequisites: A "B" or better in MUSC 171 (Arranging II) and MUSC 175 (Harmony II) or permission of the instructor.

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.

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 covers basic harmonic theory and common musical notation used in the music industry today. Topics include clefs, note recognition, key signatures, scales, intervals, triad and seventh chord construction, available tensions and basic harmonic functions. Upon successful completion of the course students will have a comprehensive and literate vocabulary of basic musical terms and symbols, and a working knowledge of basic harmonic functions.