Composing New Music for Dance is an advanced class for composers to learn pedagogue of collaboration with choreographers and write new music for contemporary dance. Lectures cover topics such as the nature of collaboration between sound and body gesture, developing a vocabulary and language for musicians and dancers to collaborate, analysis of iconic contemporary dance and music collaborations, and more. Composers then collaborate one-on-one with a choreographer to create a new work for dance. Additional class time might be assigned to meet with dancers in the dance studio. Composers are free to use any style that suits their collaboration, and are responsible for producing the music performance themselves. Students are encouraged to experiment with new methods of composing and new ways to create music based on dance.
CM-312 and written approval of course chair