Beginning Composing (MCO4120.01)

Allen Shawn

This class explores and reviews notation and the rudiments of music through the act of composing small pieces for a variety of instruments. It is intended for students who have taken instrumental lessons for a few years or more and who can read music in at least one clef. It is meant for those who have never imagined composing music as well as for those who have already begun writing music. We will take a hands-on approach to learning about such matters as intervals, modes, key signatures, and the fundamentals of tonal harmony through using these musical elements creatively. The students are also encouraged to produce original creative work that is not tied to learning any particular materials, but simply reflect the student’s imagination and instincts. Students are requested to show work during the term at Music Workshop.

Corequisites: attendance at 6 music workshops

Prerequisites: If you are interested in being in this course, please contact Allen by email or in person by 12pm Friday, May 10. You will be notified whether you are in the course by 5pm May 10.
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00-11:50
Maximum Enrollment: 13
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Composition.