Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Medrick, Mary
Discipline and Number
MUSI 4348 Section 001
TR Time 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Creating Music

Description of Course:

This class will explore various techniques for music composition in the digital age, including digitally produced (or altered) sound, as well as music for acoustic instruments, alone or in combination with recorded sound. Listening and readings will focus on musical aesthetics in the 21st century and how composers use new tools and media to manipulate found sounds, spoken word and acoustics. The class will also discuss issues related to form, music notation, new media and artistic collaborations. Individual projects may include concert chamber music, music for theater or dance, music for film, animation or games.

Required Texts:

The Art of Writing Music by John Cacavas, Alfred Music, ISBN 0-88284-619-1 pbk.
Required software:
Audacity (free)
Quicktime (free)
Spear (free)
Students will have lab access to Finale and other programs.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Grading will be based upon a number of small homework assignments, class participation and completion of a final project.

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