Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

AR-201

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-112 and HR-211
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

Five- and six-part writing for instruments. Application of voicings in seconds, thirds, and fourths. Upper-structure triads, clusters, and other nonmechanical voicings derived from chord scales. Extensive score analysis.

CM-231

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP and FILM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212 or CM-252
Department: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

The technical aspects involved in creating finished, professional scores. Score layout; instrumental/vocal ranges and performance characteristics; special playing techniques and limitations; breath and bowing considerations; choice of key, meter, beat, and subdivision values; use of slurs, articulation marks, dynamics, tempo variation, and other devices for indicating expressive nuance; proper underlaying of vocal text; calligraphy; creating a practical piano reduction; and extracting parts.

COND-351

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-212 or COND-217
Department: 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.

COND-361

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-217 or COND-351
Department: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

Rehearsing and recording to picture with live performers under studio conditions. Focus on preparation, efficiency, and accurate synchronization.

CP-361

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-112 and HR-211
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

Study of the process for creating multiline textures in a given melodic and/or harmonic situation. Voice-leading, melodic analysis and embellishment, rhythm, and form. Assigned written projects to emphasize the role of contrapuntal practices in arranging.

CW-141

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: MTEC-111
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

An introduction to writing and production techniques in hip-hop styles. Topics include the social and cultural aspects of hip-hop music as it pertains to the music's origins and early pioneers, the analysis of stylistic and musical characteristics, and instruction in the use of sequencing software in hip-hop production.

CW-205

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CW-191
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

Building on the content of AR-203, this course provides in-depth study of the capabilities of the software program Finale. Course content includes using Metatools, Hyperscribe, Shape Designer, a broader range of editing tools, and practical shortcuts to efficiently create scores and parts of professional quality. Instruction and project work is accomplished in the Professional Writing Division MIDI Lab.

CW-218

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-111 and HR-211
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

Composition of music for radio and television commercials. Emphasis on means of creating suitable product image. Working with, and alteration of, given lyrics. Some lyric writing. Determining proper instrumentations. Timing considerations.

CW-225

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-112
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

A study of rhythmic styles of contemporary salsa music, including characteristics of instrumentation and the unique clave rhythmic pattern. Specific rhythmic styles analyzed will include mambo, son montuno, guajiro, bomba, merengue, and songo, among others. Musical scores of Eddie Palmieri, Juan Luis Guerra, Oscar D'León, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, and many others will be analyzed. Students will create melodies as well as piano, guitar, bass, and percussion rhythmic patterns; they will write brass instrumental sections using the clave rhythmic pattern.

CW-227

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-111
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

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.

CW-237

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-112
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

Survey of the mallet, membrane, and accessory groups of the percussion instrument family. Demonstration and discussion of notation, range, techniques, and effects. Scores from Broadway shows and studio, orchestral, chamber, and solo pieces.

CW-247

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-112
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

A study of the flute, clarinet, and double reed families based on intensive listening, transcription, live demonstration, and composition. Compositions will include: visual imagery, storytelling, non-Western based concepts and forms, sound exchange, layering sound, and techniques for composition that include improvisation.

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