This course provides detailed study of professional song production in a range of popular styles, allowing students to understand what makes a successful track work. Using successful tracks as standards for artistic and musical reference, students, by means of a hands-on approach, will develop and integrate a variety of synthesis techniques and DSP applications to creatively enhance their original song productions.
This course allows songwriters to record and produce their demos, to interact with live musicians and a recording engineer under the guidance of the instructor, and to find the best working methods to get their songs recorded professionally. Class members will either sing their original songs themselves (required of singer/songwriters) or provide a suitable vocalist. During the semester, each songwriter will record/have recorded two of his/her songs, and will be present to observe and learn from recordings of other class members. In addition to registering for this course, the student must also attend meetings of ENPP-303 Rhythm Track for Songwriters.
A workshop for singer/songwriters in which students write and perform their own material. Emphasis is placed on the song as the vehicle through which the singer/songwriter expresses his or her persona to the audience. Performances are videotaped, and songs and performances are critiqued.
Students will explore methods of musical storytelling and incorporating a larger dramatic arc to their vision; develop songwriting approaches for dramatic contexts; gain further experience in collaborative songwriting and scene writing; improve skills of giving/receiving peer feedback as a tool in the writing process; learn project management techniques on a large-scale project; and gain appreciation of professional possibilities in musical theater writing, a vibrant and vital contemporary American art form. Through ancillary rehearsals, students learn to prepare accurate scores and hand-off scores to a pianist/music director and actors.
Monitored and evaluated professional work experience in an environment related to the songwriting major. Placement is limited to situations available from or approved by the Office of Experiential Learning and the Songwriting Department chair or a 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.
Individualized instruction designed to guide students majoring in songwriting in the preparation of their graduation projects.
A Pro Tools course for students with intermediate DAW skills and interest in producing MIDI-based recordings. The students will be introduced to a more detailed look at Pro Tools using a wider array of shortcuts, and learn to implement recording techniques such as punch-ins, track comping and tuning, and step or loop MIDI recording. Students will also learn to use the Elastic Audio and Beat Detective features to quantize audio, and to integrate track grouping, submixes and networks of multiple sends and returns into their sessions. Students must be ready to demonstrate to the instructor their working knowledge of MIDI editing and some basic mixing experience using either Logic, DP or Reason during the first week of classes. Note: students are required to have a Pro Tools system installed on their laptops.
This class explores sampling methods from other forms of music as a means for writing songs. Students will learn the technology of samplers as well as the history behind their inclusion in contemporary music. Each class will further develop the student's understanding of sampling technique through in-class exercises, projects, and group assignments. The course will be structured to cycle through phases of theory, technique, and creative exercises. In each class, key concepts (transcribing, looping, chopping, etc.) will be linked in a visual, tactile way to the sampler (Reason), as well as drawing on ear training and harmony materials from core classes. Although in format this class will resemble a lab, the combination of technical and writing assignments presented will require delivery as a full 2-hour class session. Emphasis will be placed on transcribing prerecorded music to provide a blueprint for the compositions students create. ¬¨‚Ä†
This course will prepare aspiring songwriters with the tools needed to succeed in children's music, a viable and thriving segment of the music industry. Through the study of child development, students will learn tocompose music that connects with and engages children in a meaningful way. Students will have an opportunity to perform their original compositions for children. Business aspects of the children's music market will also be examined, enabling students to maximize opportunities for marketing, distributing, licensing, and performing their musical compositions for children. By the end of the course, students will have a portfolio of field-tested songs for children and the tools needed to pursue viable career opportunities in this genre.
This class will offer a foundation in keyboard and piano playing specifically for songwriters. The course will integrate keyboard technique, specifically theory as applied to seeing and playing it on the piano, with songwriting and composition techniques and processes. The student will work with scales, major and minor triads including inversions, suspensions and colors/tensions, voice led I-IV-V progressions, and excursions into blues and dorian and mixolydian modes, with attention to emotional tone and compositional color. Writing assignments will allow students to learn concepts through creative work. The course will also serve as a survey of basic piano pop rhythmic styles, working with rhythm templates as bases for individual embellishment. Although in format this class will resemble a lab, the combination of technical and writing assignments presented will require delivery as a full 2-hour class session. The goal of this class is to provide a foundation for creative work on the piano for students for whom piano is a second instrument.
A workshop for songwriters interested and involved in writing for a rock band. The workshop will focus on various techniques and characteristics utilized in the composition and arrangement of songs meant to be performed by a singer or singers in a rock setting. The workshop will incorporate playing and singing in class using rock instrumentation. Rock styles from the 1960s to present day will be explored and students will be encouraged to write in a variety of styles from mainstream pop rock and heavy metal to alternative rock and rap. Students will be required to present both original rock song compositions as well as a full arrangement for the songs.
A survey of the music and lyrics of Paul Simon. Paul Simon's songs represent a rich and sophisticated tapestry of emotional color, social comment, and dry humor. Each week the class will examine the recurring musical/lyrical gestures and themes found in Paul Simon's songs. The class will explore the cultural, musical, and literary influences that inform Simon's songwriting.