The Music of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds
This course will engage students in the musical and lyrical analysis in the varied styles of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. Students will be required to write lead sheets of their analysis, identifying characteristics of hit songs such as melody, harmonic chord relationships, rhythmic motifs, and lyrical content. Select student compositions, as well as music of the artist, will be chosen to be performed each week in class. Some research and compositional writings that relate to the historical documentation of the artist as a singer/songwriter/producer, as well as exposure to and knowledge of his vast catalog, will be included as part of the required research.