A composition course for independent, self-directed composers working in any style. The primary requirement is to compose a substantial piece and present it at our class concert at the end of the semester.
MUS224: Ballads, Blues, and Banjos: Folk Music in America
What is "folk" music, and who makes it? How do notions of authenticity, class, and capital affect the construction of "folk" identity? How has recording technology impacted oral traditions?
To lay the foundations for a thorough understanding of the principles of linear structure and voice-leading through the study of species counterpoint. Twice weekly exercises will lead to a complete 4-5 voice Mass Movement as a final project.
Music 103 is an introduction to Western Art Music (works from 1100 to the present). The course defines the basic elements of music - pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, and form - and the historically significant styles and genres of composition.
MUS550: Current Topics in Theory and Analysis: Sound and Moving Image
Simon A. Morrison
Discussion of sound and moving image. Areas of focus include verisimilitude, voice, abstraction, and exoticism. Exploration of current literature on canonic and non-canonic/experimental repertoire from the silent era to today.
A composition workshop class, in the context of the traditional sound studio. Emphasis will be on the student's creative work, composing both "fixed media" works and live electronic/laptop music.