Composition Courses

CM-P343

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered:
Required of: None
Electable by: COMP and FILM majors
Prerequisites: CM-212
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

This course will cover the capabilities and notation for all percussion instruments typically found in a classical music environment (including instruments more often associated with other genres/regions). Various configurations of percussion will be covered in detail, from full sectionals to one player, and from single instruments to multi-instrument setups.

CM-P353

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

Introduction to compositional concepts from the late 20th century with emphasis on students writing original compositions.

CM-P399

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-357
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

This course will give interested students, particularly Composition majors, the opportunity to pursue individual interests in electro-acoustic composition, and further their skills and creative abilities with electronic music. The primary focus is on creating original electronic works that would be suitable for inclusion in a Composition Major portfolio, and provide tools for the student's further exploration and development. Students will acquire skills in timbral exploration, sound design, acousmatics, and the ability to conduct independent research and composition projects.

COND-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All except MTHE and MUED majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-211 or ET-231
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

Techniques of conducting vocal and instrumental music. Fundamental beat patterns. Discussion and study of terminology, problems of tempo, phrasing, and articulation.

COND-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All except FILM, MTHE and MUED majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-211 or COND-216
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

The course assumes basic beat pattern knowledge and covers three areas: (1) symphonic conducting with an instrumental soloist (concerto), (2) symphonic conducting with a vocal soloist (operatic aria), and (3) symphonic conducting of a major modern work involving complete meter changes. Works used include a romantic piano or violin concerto, an operatic excerpt, and a piece such as Petrouchka, The Rite of Spring, or Symphonies of Wind Instruments.

COND-216

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: All students not taking COND-211, except MTHE and MUED majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-211 or ET-231
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

This course emphasizes in-depth score study and elements involved with the formulation of musical ideas, the role of the conductor, and the proper kind of relationship between the conductor and the orchestra. Students gain valuable experience rehearsing and conducting an ensemble. The course utilizes eight keyboards, allowing the formation of an in-class live keyboard ensemble creating a virtual orchestral sound. Each of eight performers play their own individual lines from the score while one person conducts and rehearses the ensemble. Each conductor will be videotaped while in front of the ensemble for further study.

COND-217

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: FILM majors and all students not taking COND-212, except MTHE and MUED majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-211 or COND-216
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

A conducting class class where students conduct other students playing MIDI keyboards that create the sounds of the instruments of an orchestral ensemble. Each student learns all aspects of score preparation and rehearsal techniques. All sessions are recorded for home study.

COND-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of instructor and course chair and either COND-351 or COND-498
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

This course is designed for the student who wishes to further abilities in conducting. Emphasis is on rehearsal techniques and interpretation while working with a live orchestral ensemble.

COND-331

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-212, CM-231 or AR-112, ISKB-211 (for non-keyboard majors), and written approval of course instructor
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

This is a hands-on, lab-style course, focused on skills particular and unique to theater conducting. Each student will choose a different musical from a list of possibilities and during the course of the semester will prepare, analyze and conduct parts of it. Additionally, all students will conduct each other. Students will also sing, play, and read dialogue for each other in order to simulate specific, relevant theater conducting situations.

COND-332

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-212 or COND-217, ISKB-211 (for non-piano principals), and written approval of course instructor
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

This is a lecture/discussion class, which begins with a brief history of the modern American musical and basic definitions of theater terminology. Topics discussed will cover the period from the 1920s through the present, following the development of the musical from its song-and-sketch and European operetta roots to the modern integrated music drama. The body of the course follows the journey of a show from its inception through to closing night. Each participant will choose a songwriter or songwriting team as a subject for an in-depth presentation for the rest of the class. Basic theater terminology will also be taught and students will be tested on history and theater craft.

COND-333

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-212 or COND-217, and written approval of course instructor
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

This is a course designed to benefit both conducting students and vocalists who wish to hone their theater skills. Conducting students will observe the instructor coaching singers in theatrical material, both in performance and audition settings, eventually taking over the coaching under the instructor's supervision. The format is much like a master class. Each vocalist will have his/her moment to perform each week. Text and character analysis; choosing and fully realizing the dramatic action of the material; and determining the appropriate vocal style, correct key, and song's routine is discussed in each case. Emphasis is on the dramatic elements of the material as a basis for musical decisions, and how musical and theatrical aesthetics inform each other. Basic elements of song structure will also be addressed for the benefit of both singers and coaches. Vocalists may rehearse off-hours with conducting student/accompanists if they wish, but part of the training involves singing with pianists they have not rehearsed with to in order to improve communication skills with accompanists and simulate actual audition conditions.

COND-351

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-212 or COND-217
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

A practical course for conductors and music directors in preparation, organization, rehearsal, and recording under studio conditions. Emphasis on establishing fluency in conducting and rehearsal techniques to maximize efficiency in the session.

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