Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Medrick, Mary
Discipline and Number
MUSI 4348 Section 001
TR Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title
Creating Music

Description of Course:

TR 10:00 – 11:15 FALL 2016

This course counts toward the upper level theory component of the Music Minor.

OVERVIEW: This course will explore the creative process and the construction of music for installations, film, video, and for the concert hall. Students will analyze musical examples from a wide array of styles and periods and survey software applications used in the professional world of composing and sound design. This semester will include projects involving songwriting, manipulating recorded sounds with music and producing musical clips for underscoring spoken word or short films.

Students will work individually and in teams to complete in-class exercises and projects using the vocal/instrumental skills of fellow classmates as well as outside resources. Emphasis will be placed upon discovery and practical application of musical skills that lead to expression in music.

Required Texts:

Music Composition Toolbox (2007) by Hindson, Barbeler and Blom
ISBN 085583 5648
Other required reading and listening will be provided or linked online.

Review of music theory and notation, as needed.
Technique for Composers by Michael G. Cunningham; 2007 Authorhouse
(available through Kindle)
Music Composition 101 by Jon Brantingham; 2012 Art of Composing LLC
(available through Kindle)
The Producer as Composer by Virgil Moorefield (MIT Press 2010) ISBN978-0-262-13457-6
The Listening Book: Discovering Your Own Music by W.Z. Mathieu
Simple Composition (1979) by Charles Wuorinen

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Grading will be based upon:
Attendance/Participation 20%
Short Written Assignments 25%
Quizzes 20%
Projects 35%

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