Five Obstructions (MCO4125.01)

Nicholas Brooke

A song feedback collective, focused on how musical restrictions can spur us to growth. Over the course of the term, students will write 5 songs (or revise a single song in radical ways) based on the critique and decisions of the group. We’ll discuss how to form supportive but insightful critique while challenging each other to go new places. What does it take to create a song based on someone else’s text, completely a capella, or without a single chord? How do you welcome in new materials and collaborators, from across genre and style?

Learning Outcomes:
To give critical feedback in a group setting, and to recceive productive feedback on one's own work;
To realize one's strengths and limitations in songwriting and to work through them productively;
To learn and be open to music across style and genre, while experimenting with new voices and materials

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor; Please submit two songs and a statement of interest to by May 10.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Composition , Four Credit , Fully In-Person