Contemporary Writing and Production

The Contemporary Writing and Production Department provides many opportunities to develop and improve your composition, arranging, and production skills.

Apply those skills by writing for and overseeing the production of recordings using various combinations of instruments and vocals in acoustic and electronic settings. You'll work with a range of ensembles, from small workshop groups to orchestras. Whether these groups perform live or in recording studios, you'll have many opportunities to explore contemporary concepts and techniques of arranging and sound production, in both analog and digital domains. And you'll gain valuable experience using digital audio workstations, MIDI labs and your own portable laptop-based studio.

Learn how to recognize, analyze, and evaluate musical concepts of jazz, pop, rock, and other contemporary music idioms and style. Develop skills and knowledge to function as a professional writer, arranger, and producer under a wide variety of conditions and music industry environments.

Every year the Professional Writing Division and Contemporary Writing and Production Department organize a series of faculty and student concerts, showcasing faculty and student compositions and arrangements.

CWP Major Declaration Requirements Effective Spring, 2016

Students that want to declare CWP as their major for Spring 2016 and forward are subject to the new CWP Major Declaration policy as indicated below:

1.  Students who have declared CWP as their major and received a grade of B or better in each of the following classes may continue in the major:

  • MTEC-111
  • AR-111
  • HR-112

2.  Students who do not receive a grade of B or better in each of these classes, but whose grades are higher than D, will be removed from the major and deregistered from CWP concentrate-specific classes. They must then meet the following requirements to redeclare the major:

  • For MTEC-111: Students must take another technology class (such as MTEC- 112, MP-110, EP-210, EP-225 or EP-250), and get a grade of B, or better. Students who do not receive a grade of B or better need to see the department chair.
  • For AR-111 and HR-112: Students must receive a grade of B or better in AR-112 Arranging 2. Students who do not receive a grade of B or better need to see the department chair. Do not retake AR-111 and HR-112; see the chair before registering.

3.  Students who receive a D in any of these classes (MTEC-111, AR-111, HR-112) must repeat that class before redeclaring the major.

The deadline to declare the major for any given semester is the Friday of check-in week.


Contact CWP chair Andrea Pejrolo (