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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MUS 120 - Composition 1

Introduction to composition addressing such topics as phrase structure, melodic development, modulations, textures, and transitions. Small compositional projects emphasizing certain stylistic traits for piano and other genres. May be repeated up to  3 credits.

Prerequisites: MUS 145 and MUS 145A with a C or higher.

Credits: (3)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify forms and structural elements in compositions including: form, phrase structure, modulations, and transitions.
  • Aurally identify, discuss, and analyze formal structures of a composition including: form, key centers, modulation, secondary functions, tonicization, chromaticism, change of orchestration, transitions, types of modulation, and compositional techniques.
  • Be able to identify the performance practice of certain composers.
  • Recognize the “voice” certain composers exemplify in their music and understand what characterizes such a voice and find ways to begin to create their own “voice”.
  • Incorporate terminology/techniques pertaining to melodic development, form, structure, harmony, style, and compositional techniques.
  • Compose original works incorporating theoretical knowledge while developing a creative and unique “voice”.

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