Songs in the key of Wonder (MTH4148.01)

Michael Wimberly

Songs in the key of Wonder is a songwriting seminar based on the classic 1976 release, Songs in the Key of Life, by Stevie Wonder. Students will look at select discography and learn the chord progressions that Mr. Wonder used in writing this landmark album, in addition to his multiple hit songs. We will dissect and understand the music by using theory, form and analysis, and arranging that he used in his recordings and performances. By the second half of the term students will use these progressions to create and arrange their own original songs and compositions. We will also look at other contemporary artists influenced by Mr. Wonder’s style such as, Prince, Michael Jackson, D’Angelo, Musiq Soulchild, Erykah Badu, and Janelle MonĂ¡e to name a few.

Prerequisites: Vocal study, Theory, Piano(Guitar or Wind instrument), Composition or approval from instructor
Credits: 2
Tu 4:10-6:00
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
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