Composition Department

Courses

Jacobs School Bulletin

2019-20
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The following courses are offered by the Composition Department. Please check the Schedule of Classes for course offerings each semester and consult individual course entries in this schedule for information on course prerequisites and corequisites.

MUS  K100 - Composition Undergraduate Elective/ Secondary

Individual lessons in composition.

MUS  K133 - Notation and Calligraphy

Notation and organization of music manuscripts.

MUS  K214 - Instrumentation I

Ranges, tonal possibilities, technical limitations, and necessary transpositions for all orchestral and band instruments.

MUS  K215 - Instrumentation II

Continuation of K214 including writing for combinations of instruments.

MUS  K231 - Free Counterpoint I

Development of contrapuntal skills and techniques in two-, three-, and four-part textures.

MUS  K232 - Free Counterpoint II

Continuation of K231.

MUS  K302 - Projects in Music Scoring for Visual Media

Collaborative project combining music and visual media.

MUS  K361 - Introduction to MIDI and Computer Music

Basics of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface system, its software, and the instruments commonly used with desktop MIDI workstations (synthesizers, digital samplers). MIDI sequencing, digital audio editing, and principles of digital syntheses. The course is intended for those with little prior technical training.

MUS  K362 - Computer Music: Design/Perform

Projects in fixed-media computer music composition (with and without video) and live electronic music performance. Field recording, audio editing, sampling, effects processing, mixing, mastering, video synchronization, methods of synthesis, virtual instrument design, real-time hardware control of audio, live video processing.

MUS  K400 - Composition Major

Individual lessons in composition.

MUS  K403 - Electronic Studio Resources I

P: Consent of instructor. An introduction to the computer music studio, techniques of digital recording and editing, analog and FM synthesis, MIDI sequencing, and a comprehensive study of the literature and styles of the classic tape studios.

MUS  K404 - Electronic Studio Resources II

Study of advanced synthesis techniques, digital sampling, video synchronization, and multimedia applications.

MUS  K406 - Projects in Electronic Music

Compositional projects in electronic music. May be repeated.

MUS  K450 - Topics in Music Composition

Variable topics in music composition. May be repeated.

MUS  K451 - Advanced Orchestration I

Practical orchestration in all its applications.

MUS  K452 - Advanced Orchestration II

Practical orchestration in all its applications.

MUS  K455 - Topics in Music Scoring for Visual Media

Specialized techniques course developing students’ skills in music scoring for visual media. May be repeated for different topics.

MUS  K502 - Projects in Music Scoring for Visual Media

Collaborative project combining music and visual media.

MUS  K503 - Electronic Studio Resources I

An introduction to the computer music studio, techniques of digital recording and editing, analog and FM synthesis, MIDI sequencing, and a comprehensive study of the literature and styles of the classic tape studios.

MUS  K504 - Electronic Studio Resources II

Study of advanced synthesis techniques, digital sampling, video synchronization, and multimedia applications.

MUS  K506 - Projects in Electronic Music

Advanced projects in electroacoustic composition. May be repeated.

MUS  K509 - Seminar in Computer Music

Study of advanced topics in computer music, including direct digital synthesis, acoustic research, and interactive composition.

MUS  K550 - Topics in Music Composition

Variable topics in music composition. May be repeated.

MUS  K551 - Advanced Orchestration

Practical orchestration in all its applications.

MUS  K555 - Topics in Music Scoring for Visual Media

Specialized techniques course developing students’ skills in music scoring for visual media. May be repeated for different topics.

MUS  K702 - Doctoral Composition Document I

Movement of chamber music written during a week-long examination period. This course is eligible for deferred (R) grading.

MUS  K703 - Doctoral Composition Document II

Setting of a given text during a 24-hour period. This course is eligible for deferred (R) grading.

MUS  K710 - Composition Graduate Elective

Individual lessons in composition.

MUS  K810 - Composition Graduate Minor

Individual lessons in composition.

MUS  K910 - Composition Graduate Major

Individual lessons in composition.