In this class, student performers will gain skills in composition for a variety of genres through analysis and composition assignments. They will learn new methodologies in composition, cultivate their creativity, broaden their global knowledge as well as their musical perspective of music, and obtain a richer palette of musical tools and devices. Throughout the course, students will create their own works, developing composition skills through writing, playing, listening, analyzing, transcribing, arranging, reading, and improvising. Topics of exploration include: melodic construction, rhythm, melodic and rhythmic counterpoint, as well as the use of non-musical sources as inspiration for composing.
Written approval of course instructor
None; elective course for all graduate students
All graduate students