A workshop for students interested in exploring composition and improvisation. No prior composition experience necessary, but facility on an instrument or voice is helpful. Students also participate in a weekly composition seminar and interact with guest composers. Class culminates in a concert of new works.
Individual composition lessons designed to develop compositional facility in a variety of styles and media. Students also participate in a weekly composition seminar and interact with guest composers. May be repeated for credit. May be taken for 1 or 2 credits as directed by instructor.
A survey of musical life and literature from the late-nineteenth century to the present: tonality in its luxuriant-chromatic phase; the fin-de-siècle in Europe and America; jazz, atonality and serialism; mid-century symphonic music; popular music, concert music, and performance art since 1945.
An introductory course in electro-acoustic music in which students: 1) listen to music which uses technology in an essential way, 2) study the physics of sound and digital signal processing, and 3) create original music using a digital audio workstation.The course culminates in a recital of original works. This course is normally required as preparation for advanced independent work in the Presser Electronic Music Studio. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
A study of the fundamentals and practices of arranging and composing for large ensembles. Course culminates with readings of student arrangements and/or compositions.
A study of the sixteenth century modal counterpoint style of Palestrina. Written exercises lead to the composition and performance of a mass movement.
This course is designed to further the analytical skills of a student through intensive study of selected works from music literature. About six pieces will be studied in a semester, with the choice of scores representing a variety of styles, periods, and the special interest of students enrolled in the course.
A study of advanced musicianship skills including sightsinging, rhythmic performance, keyboard and improvisation exercises, dictation (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic), and related skills, all designed to develop the student's musical ear to the highest degree possible.