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
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
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
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
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 Small Forms 2
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
Orchestration techniques for full symphony orchestra.
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 Sonata Composition
Sonata form. The composition of an extended three-movement sonata for piano or for solo instrument and piano.
Directed Study in Orchestral Composition
The composition of an extended work for full contemporary orchestra. Intended to demonstrate the ability to handle large orchestral groups in a characteristic and coherent manner.
Guitar Composition Techniques for Performers/Composers
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
Introduction to compositional concepts from the late 20th century with emphasis on students writing original compositions.