Composition Courses

CM-211

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Degree – all except MUED majors; Diploma – COMP and FILM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PW-111
Department Code: COMP

Functional tonal harmony analyzed and composed in various musical textures. Emphasis on voice leading, melodic writing, and figured bass.

CM-212

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Degree – all except MUED majors; Diploma – COMP and FILM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-211 or CM-251
Department Code: COMP

Continuation of CM-211. Advanced tonal harmony and intermediate compositional procedures. Emphasis on harmonies with sevenths, other upper extensions, chromatic alterations as well as modulation.

CM-221

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP and FILM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212 or CM-252, and CP-210 or CP-212
Department Code: COMP

Specific techniques of traditional tonal composition. Conclusive and nonconclusive phrases; antecedent-consequent phrase relationships; open-ended phrase relationships; sequencing; modulation; large-scale tonal relationships; thematic variation and development. Application of these techniques in writing, using models from the classical period.

CM-227

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212, and CP-210 or CP-212
Department Code: COMP

During this course the students will explore and master the technique of modulation to the keys both closely related and distant. Using the concepts of three degrees of kinship between keys and the major-minor (minor-major) systems, the students will acquire the skill of gradual modulation as well as sudden modulation, as it was taught in Russia. This practical/theoretical approach will both contrast and complement current methods of handling this more advanced area of harmony, and will thus bring about for the student additional practical applications of these concepts.

CM-231

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP and FILM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212 or CM-252
Department Code: COMP

The technical aspects involved in creating finished, professional scores. Score layout; instrumental/vocal ranges and performance characteristics; special playing techniques and limitations; breath and bowing considerations; choice of key, meter, beat, and subdivision values; use of slurs, articulation marks, dynamics, tempo variation, and other devices for indicating expressive nuance; proper underlaying of vocal text; calligraphy; creating a practical piano reduction; and extracting parts.

CM-251

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED majors
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: PW-111 and AR-111
Department Code: COMP

Diatonic harmonic analysis in various musical textures. Melody writing. Harmonization of melodies in various musical textures.

CM-252

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED majors
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: CM-251 and CP-210 or CP-211
Department Code: COMP

Continuation of CM-251. Advanced traditional harmony and intermediate compositional procedures. Seventh chords, altered chords, modulation.

CM-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP and FILM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-397 or CM-221 and either COND-211, COND-216, or COND-221
Department Code: COMP

Specific techniques of traditional 20th-century composition. Technical devices such as quartal harmony, serial writing, polytonality, and contrapuntal techniques. Assignments are directly related to each of these aspects of composition and are performed in class.

CM-312

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-311 and COND-211 or COND-216
Department Code: COMP

The continuation of CM-311 with concentration on the employment of serial approaches to composition. Various composition assignments and a final project are required.

CM-318

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-111 and PW-111
Department Code: COMP

The workshop provides opportunities for student composers to hear performances of their own work, and for student performers to gain public performing experience of original student works and works written within the last 60 years. Important works of the 20th century are explored. It is advisable, but not required, for students to have taken MHIS-261 prior to enrolling in this course. This course can be repeated for credit.

CM-341

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212
Department Code: COMP

Discussion of string instruments, their special effects, and proper notation. Principles of string orchestration and voicing techniques.

CM-342

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: MTEC-111
Department Code: COMP

The course will focus on the acquisition of skills with technological tools for the creation of professional composition portfolios. Production of publication-ready scores and parts using Finale or Sibelius notation software will be emphasized, including nonstandard notation. Basic audio editing techniques will also be presented to create demonstration recordings.

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