This course looks at proven methods that help individuals chisel out their own system in order to ignite their creative flame and sustain their creativity.
A study of popular music. This study begins with the aural analysis of contemporary songs, including bass motion, chord function, and aspects of the rhythm section.
This course will give a musical view of the solo careers of each member of the Beatles.
An introduction to the musical elements of several non-Western musical systems will provide alternative approaches to contemporary composition and improvisation.
A study of the music of this popular jazz fusion ensemble.
Modal chord progression and melody using traditional, synthetic, and other modes. Analysis of modal jazz compositions. Modal voicings using characteristic tones and spacing considerations.
Emphasis on newer harmonic concepts to enable students to write and analyze tunes in the style of Mike Gibbs, Chick Corea, and others.
Functional, extended, and bass line reharmonization. Incomplete chord structures and reharmonization of diminished chords.
Songs written and recorded by the Beatles, as well as songs written by the Beatles and recorded by other artists, will be analyzed for their harmonic content, melodic construction, modal focus, rhy
A study of the evolution of the blues, combined with compositional application of various blues styles.
A study of how harmony interacts with melody, lyric, rhythm, style, and form in Brazilian popular song, accomplished through examining the works of the principal songwriters of three major styles o
Identification and analysis of rock harmonies and melodies. Examples from the mid-1950s to the present day will be studied.
Continuation of principles of modern chord progression: deceptive resolutions of secondary dominants; dominant seventh chords without dominant function; contiguous dominant motion.
Continued analysis and application of major and minor key harmony; continued elaboration of subdominant minor and modal interchange; chord scale theory.
Continued exploration of major key harmony: secondary and extended dominant relationships. Continued study of melodic construction and motif development.