Composition Courses

Choral Composition

CM-351

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

Traditional scoring techniques for full chorus with and without instrumental accompaniment. A choral composition in a traditional style is required as a final project.

Principles and Techniques of Writing for the Voice

CM-355

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

Examination of representative solo vocal works from the 19th and 20th centuries (including works requiring nontraditional vocal techniques), with emphasis on dramatic organization, relationship of music to text, and appropriateness to the capacity of the trained singing voice. Special attention given to principles of vocal technique and speech articulation as they apply to composition, principles of vocal notation, and considerations of opera and musical theater. Students will be expected to write specified vocal passages based on assigned texts as well as participate in some improvisation and dramatic reading of texts in class.

Introduction to Electroacoustic Music for Composers

CM-357

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

Introduction to Electroacoustic Music for Composers is a survey course in electronic and computer music composition. Designed especially for students on Berklee composition tracks, the course is suitable for any student wishing to gain a comprehensive overview of the history and techniques of electronic music while learning to compose works at the computer for electronics alone or in combination with live instruments.

World Music Resources in Composition

CM-361

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-111, HR-211, and one of the following: CM-311, ILPH-351, ILPH-357, LHAN-345, LHAN-346, or PSW-351
Department: COMP

Approaches to composition using ideas and aesthetic principles from a variety of non-Western musical traditions. Explorations of diverse concepts of rhythm, melody, timbre, and form as heard in the music of Africa, Asia, India, and South America. Assignments will include a substantial composition illustrating these principles.

Directed Study in Small Forms 1

CM-397

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: COMP majors
Prerequisites: CM-212
Department: COMP

Students will take a half-hour private lesson with a composition teacher each week. The teacher will work with the students on the basics of composition, including conclusive and nonconclusive phrases; antecedent-consequent phrase relationships; open-ended phrase relationships; sequencing; modulation; large-scale tonal relationships; and thematic variation and development. Application of these techniques will be the basis in writing compositions, using models from the classical period. These basic compositional techniques may be expanded to include more advanced concepts, as determined by the composition professor according to the student's composition background. In addition to the weekly half-hour private lesson, the student will attend a composition seminar (1.5 hours) along with all of the Directed Study students.

Directed Study in Composition 1

CM-398

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-221
Department: COMP

Individualized instruction in composing small forms (i.e., short instrumental pieces, themes and variations, art songs, single movements of larger works, etc.). Emphasis on developing stylistic diversity and gaining experience in writing for various musical textures and ensemble combinations.

Scoring for Full Orchestra

CM-441

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-231
Department: COMP

Orchestration techniques for full symphony orchestra.

Composition Internship

CM-495

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: COMP majors
Prerequisites: Sixth-semester standing and written approval of course chair
Department: COMP

Monitored and evaluated professional work experience in an environment related to the composition major. Placement is limited to situations available from or approved by the Office of Experiential Learning and the Composition Department chair or designee. To apply for an internship, students must see the internship coordinator in the Office of Experiential Learning prior to registering. Note: Equivalent credit for prior experience is not available due to the requirement of concurrent contract between the employer/supervisor and the college. International students in F-1 status must obtain authorization on their Form I-20 from the Counseling and Advising Center prior to beginning an internship.

Directed Study in Composition 2

CM-497

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-312 and CM-398
Department: COMP

Individualized instruction in composing somewhat more extended forms, and for larger instrumental and vocal combinations, possibly including electronics, than in CM-398. Weekly attendance at Composition Seminar required.

Directed Study in Composition 3

CM-498

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-497
Department: COMP

Individualized instruction in composing extended forms, for medium to large instrumental and/or vocal ensembles, possibly including electronics. Weekly attendance at Composition Seminar.

Guitar Composition Techniques for Performers/Composers

CM-P225

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-211 or CM-251
Department: COMP

Intermediate and advanced approach to guitar composition techniques. The course is designed for performers/composers and provides a comprehensive demonstration of the capabilities of the instrument and the most successful ways to compose for it through analysis, live performances, improvisation, and mostly elementary and advanced compositional techniques. Also covers performance techniques, extended compositional approaches (guitar and other instruments), resources and technologies of basic composition techniques, and mainly guitar music of the 20th century and beyond.

Introduction to Contemporary Composition

CM-P353

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

Introduction to compositional concepts from the late 20th century with emphasis on students writing original compositions.

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