Composition Courses

CM-351

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

Traditional scoring techniques for full chorus with and without instrumental accompaniment. A choral composition in a traditional style is required as a final project.

CM-355

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212, and CP-210 or CP-212
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

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.

CM-357

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

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.

CM-361

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-111, HR-211, and one of the following: CM-311, ILPH-351, ILPH-357, MLAN-345, MLAN-346, or PSW-351
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

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.

CM-398

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-311
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

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.

CM-441

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-231
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

Orchestration techniques for full symphony orchestra.

CM-495

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: COMP majors
Prerequisites: Sixth-semester standing and written approval of course chair
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

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.

CM-497

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-312 and CM-398
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

Individualized instruction in composing somewhat more extended forms, and for larger instrumental and vocal combinations, possibly including electronics, than in CM-398. Weekly attendance at Composition Seminar required.

CM-498

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-497
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

Individualized instruction in composing extended forms, for medium to large instrumental and/or vocal ensembles, possibly including electronics. Weekly attendance at Composition Seminar.

CM-P103

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

This course will introduce students to fundamental elements of compositional thought and structure. In a series of weekly assignments, students will create short experimental passages of composed sound focused on isolated parameters of music in order to compare the effect of different strategies. Examples of the basic parameters that students will work with: linear/non-linear, pulse/non-pulse, noise/pitch, register (high/low), timbre (bright/dark), texture (dense/sparse), dynamics, and articulation. Through these experiments, students will experience how different choices affect our perception of time, musical flow and space. The course is designed to be approached by anyone at any level of compositional experience, as indicated by the low course number. The very low course number is significant to the course purpose, as it should be available to any student regardless of their semester standing. It is conceptually a preformative course in compositional thinking.

CM-P225

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-211 or CM-251
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

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.

CM-P261

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: COMP, CWPR, FILM, and SONG majors
Prerequisites: HR-112
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

An introduction for the non-pianist to the fundamentals of composing music that is suited to acoustic instruments. Emphasis is placed on writing melodies and chords that fit the hand comfortably. In addition, importance will be given to creating keyboard figuration that suggests the continuation of melodic lines. The student learns how to elaborate a chordal style of keyboard writing to one that is more expansive and florid with a wide variety of figurations.

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