Search results - Composition - Vocal 1
|Dates||Wed 16 Jan to Wed 20 Mar 2013|
Time of meeting: 11.00-1.00pm
Number of meetings: 10
|Application status||Course ended|
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OverviewThis is a practical course for those interested in composing music of any genre. It will cover the skills common to all composition but will concentrate upon vocal composition.
DescriptionThis is a practical course for those interested in composing music of any genre, covering the skills common to all composition, but concentrating upon vocal writing. The classes will consist of a combination of structured teaching and workshops on students’ own work. Students can bring any musical ideas to the class - it might be just a short phrase or some interesting chords - and we will discuss their implications and ways in which they might be expanded and developed.
It is hoped that each student will finish the term with a completed piece of music, although this may vary in scope from a simple but well-crafted tune to a substantial work. The important thing is not the scale of the piece but the extent to which it has developed and been polished during the term. An alternative, but equally acceptable, outcome of the course would be for a student to produce a series of short structured exercises in compositional technique.
The course is designed to cater for students with some experience of composition as well as interested listeners.
Programme detailsWeek 1: Composition workshop.
Special topic - The human voice – resources and limitations
Week 2: Composition workshop.
Week 3: Composition workshop.
Special topic - Words and music - 1
Week 4: Composition workshop.
Week 5: Composition workshop.
Special topic - Words and music - 2
Week 6: Composition workshop.
Week 7: Composition workshop.
Special topic - Writing for chorus
Week 8: Composition workshop.
Week 9: Composition workshop.
Special topic - Writing for vocal soloists
Week 10: Composition workshop.
Schoenberg, A. The Fundamentals of Musical Composition (London, 1967)
Sessions, R. The Musical Experience of Composer, Performer and Listener (Princeton University Press, 1974)
Rosen, C. The Classical Style (Faber)
Mr Jonathan Darnborough
Course aimsCourse Aim:
To give students a greater understanding of the craft and techniques of composition and to apply this to their own compositions.
1. to increase the level of craftsmanship with which the students approach each compositional task.
2. to increase their understanding of the relationship between words and music in vocal writing.
3. to introduce the students to vocal works by other composers that illustrate the techniques that they are learning.
Assessment methodsAssessment will be based upon the music written by the students during the term. They may choose to write one substantial piece, several short pieces or even to undertake compositional exercises.
Teaching methodsA mixture of lecture and workshop but with the emphasis on workshop. During workshop sessions the students' work will be projected on to a big screen so that all the class members can see it.
In the special topics the tutor will illustrate his teaching with relevant extracts from the works of the great composers as well as with the use of specially written examples - projected on to the screen using Sibelius software.
Teaching outcomesBy the end of the course students will be expected to:
 be able to develop musical ideas into more extended passages of music
 be able to construct melodies
 be able to write practical music for voices
- Programme Fee
- EU Fee: £165.00
- Non-EU Fee: £165.00
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Please note that this course can be taken as part of a series. Students enrolling for this course together with any other Composition course in the 2012~13 programme may do so at the discounted rate of:
3 courses for £415.00.
or 2 courses for £295
In order to receive the discounted rate, please apply by post as it is currently not available online.
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