A thorough study of the Two and Three-Part Inventions of J.S. Bach through analysis and composition within a functional tonal language. There will be two projects, a two-part invention and a three-part invention in the style of Bach.
Analysis and writing of three- and four-voice imitative counterpoint based on traditional models. Models include fugue, chorale prelude, and passacaglia or chaconne.
The course is based on the examination of different realms of 20th-century counterpoint through the detailed analysis of contrapuntal styles and techniques of leading innovative composers such as Ravel, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Hindemith, Bartók, Messiaen, Honegger, Barber, and composers of the New Viennese School. More recent stages in the evolution of counterpoint will be studied in examples by Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Schnittke, and Gubaidulina, as well as contemporary American composers (including Berklee composers).
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.
Continuation of CP-361. Emphasis on the role that counterpoint plays in jazz composition.
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.
Expanding on the material introduced in Arranging 1, this course focuses on a more in-depth study of stylistic approaches of creating and writing grooves for the rhythm section (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and percussion) and how different styles work together and influence each other. Original techniques and practical approaches to creating grooves will be presented through listening analysis, original writing techniques, as well as methods used to create hybrid grooves. Styles to be covered include: funk, rock, soul, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, electronic, and Brazilian, which includes some selected Caribbean styles. Some production analysis will be included to identify soundscapes and instrumentation as they relate to style.
The course covers the necessary tools, techniques, and applications of MIDI sequencing and digital audio for writing and production. Main topics include the MIDI standard and its applications, set up and use of digital audio workstations (DAWs), integration of MIDI and audio tracks/sources, use of software synthesizers, basic mixing techniques, audio theory, equipment, and techniques. Through practical examples, activities, and projects the student will learn how to effectively use a DAW to write and produce music. Emphasis is on technological needs of the contemporary writer.
Instruction in advanced small group writing concepts that encompasses sophisticated rhythm section scoring and groove writing, including writing for auxiliary percussion; an introduction to writing for voices and strings; background writing for horns, strings, and voices; manipulation of elements of large-scale form and structure; creation of complex, layered textures; and hybrid writing techniques involving sequencing and live players. In addition, the course will focus heavily on score and part preparation.
This class focuses on the musical analysis and writing techniques of many of the most important contemporary recording/performing artists and composers in South America. Using a map of South America and the Caribbean, this course virtually travels through the continent visiting each country (except Brazil), to explore their traditional and contemporary music. Scores, recordings, literature, and video material explains how South American music was born, evolved, and transformed by absorbing the encounter between indigenous, African, and European traditional music in the "New World." Using classical and modern musical forms, including: orchestral, chamber, jazz, rock, pop, flamenco, and African music examples, students learn about the wide, and yet relatively unexplored, spectrum of South American music and how to apply these elements into their own compositions. Through analysis, transcriptions, and scored music material provided by the instructor, students learn various rhythmic and harmonic patterns from different countries of South America and the Caribbean, such as: Colombia, Argentina, Perú, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba, Trinidad, and others. Students also discuss the historical and social process of South American culture in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the multicultural and multiracial roots of contemporary South American music.
Conceptualizing, writing, and producing vocals; contemporary writing and production techniques for vocal groups of different sizes; working with vocals in live situations versus the recording studio environment; writing background vocals above a band versus a cappella vocal writing. Creating vocal band effects will also be explored. Range considerations, timbre, vocal production, and notation for various size vocal groups; writing and production techniques and considerations for recording studio situations.
This course examines the folkloric music from Latin America that informs today's contemporary music. Topics include traditional musical styles, forms, instrumentation, arranging techniques, melody, and harmony. Folkloric music from the following countries is studied: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. The course focuses on applications of these styles in contemporary arranging and composition.