Weird Covers (MCO4173.01)

Nicholas Brooke

A cover song that veers from the original is a time-tested way for singers to plant a stylistic flag, from Captain Beefheart’s unhinged take on “Moonlight in Vermont” to Lauryn Hill’s pioneering “Killing Me Softly.” In this class, you’ll be asked to write weird covers, versions of songs that rewrite style, affect, and genre. Sometimes we’ll work in groups and individually, and we’ll work collaboratively to find resources (orchestra? wall of amps? hyperpop producer? backing chorus?), to nudge you beyond your comfortable tools. Students will be expected to create and perform three weird covers in groups or individually by the end of this short class.


Learning Outcomes:
Writing and performing songs
Stretching ones stylistic range
Collaborating with other musicians
Expanding arranging resources


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Previous work in singing or songwriting. Send 1-2 recorded songs, your own or others, to nbrooke@bennington.edu by May 10.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
Th 7:00PM - 8:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

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