Contemporary Writing and Production Internship
Monitored and evaluated professional work experience in an environment related to the contemporary writing and production major. Placement is limited to situations available from or approved by the Office of Experiential Learning and the Contemporary Writing and Production 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.
Score and Part Preparation Proficiency
As part of the Contemporary Writing and Production concentrate requirements, this proficiency must be completed in order to graduate. Information can be obtained from the Department Chair.
Directed Study in Contemporary Writing
Individualized instruction designed to guide students majoring in contemporary writing and production in the preparation of their graduation projects. Students will be allowed to schedule time in the Professional Writing Division MIDI Lab to meet the portfolio requirements.
CWP Portfolio Completion
A non-credit, tuition-free marker course in which Contemporary Writing & Production majors must enroll in the semester during which they plan to submit their required portfolio to the department chair. A mark of of P (Pass) is awarded when the portfolio receives a positive evaluation.
Writing in Folkloric Latin Styles
This course examines the folkloric music from Latin America that informs today's contemporary music. Topics include traditional musical styles, forms, instrumentation, arranging techniques, melody, and harmony. Folkloric music from the following countries is studied: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. The course focuses on applications of these styles in contemporary arranging and composition.
Flamenco Music Composition and Arranging
This course examines the concepts and techniques of writing flamenco music, which is a vital and growing genre in contemporary music. The course covers the origins of the various styles of flamenco, their individual influences, primary composers of flamenco, overview of popular lyrics, and common composition and arranging techniques in flamenco styles. Students will investigate the various aspects of writing flamenco music: use of improvised structure; binary, ternary, and polyrhythm rhythmic styles; traditional harmonic approaches and concepts; melodic approaches; and the use of microtones. A variety of compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations will be analyzed, including examples of contemporary compositions and new stylistic variations in flamenco that feature the use of electronics and flamenco without guitar. Students will create compositions and/or arrangements for a flamenco music ensemble.
Advanced Writing in Latin Styles
An advanced study of writing in a variety of Latin styles, including modern and traditional orchestration concepts, style-specific aspects of form and structure, score analysis, score and part preparation, and production tips that will give the composer, arranger, or orchestrator the proper tools to get the best results either in the studio or in a live performance. Styles covered include mambo, guaguanc?, bomba, timba, bolero, danz?n, tango reggae, samba, and partido alto. Students will create arrangements of existing works and original pieces for a variety of ensembles of different sizes and instrumentation.
Advanced Vocal Writing
This course presents an expanded development of material introduced in CW-216. Important concepts include: production and direction of vocal rehearsals and recording sessions; advanced production techniques including layering, stacking, compressing and mixing vocal tracks; study of diverse song styles and musical concepts that comprise them; observation of text/language and cultural influence in relation to vocal writing; further development of multi-part background writing; more refined utilization of harmonic tensions and reharmonization. Rubato and groove-oriented a cappella techniques will also be explored.
A brass quintet that performs a mixture of traditional and 20th-century music. Instrumentation: two trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba.
Brass Playing Singing
This course is designed to focus on vocal performance for brass principals. Students may or may not have experience as vocalists. All classes will be geared towards the styles the individuals are interested in, emphasizing both singing and playing. Students will be asked to learn and perform new songs each week with the main emphasis being on the selection of correct keys, tempos, and styles. There will be a comparative analysis between vocal and instrumental phrasing, improvisation, and physiology. Students will also be exposed to performers who have been recognized and respected as both singers and horn players.
Trombone Ensemble 1
In this course trombonists will develop a viable practice routine as it pertains to ensemble playing in all the relevant styles for that instrument. They will learn to better perform together in all relevant idioms and styles. They will learn to transition between idioms and styles with improved control and skill.
Trombone Ensemble 2
In this advanced ensemble trombonists will develop a viable practice routine as it pertains to ensemble playing in all the relevant styles for the instrument. They will learn to better perform together in all relevant idioms and styles. They will learn to transition between idioms and styles with improved control and skill.