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Students who have been admitted as composition majors, composition minors, or College music majors with emphasis in composition, will initially register for Composition 102, 103, 202, 203 (Composition Class I, II, III, IV). Upon completion of that course sequence they will be eligible for Principal Private Composition V, VI, VII, VIII.
Conservatory students not majoring in composition and Arts and Sciences students may register for Composition 100, The Craft of Composition, provided they meet the prerequisite. Upon completing Composition 100, a student may apply to the Composition Department for private instruction. If the application is approved, a teacher will be assigned by the Associate Dean on the basis of the student's written choice and the availability of the teacher.
Private Composition Study Courses
(These courses may be repeated for credit.)
Principal Private Composition Study PVST V, VI, VII, VIII 4-6 hours
Secondary Private Composition Study PVST V, VI, VII, VIII 2 hours
Consent of the Conservatory Associate Dean is required for adding, dropping, or changing assignments in any Private Composition Study course.
Students beginning Principal Private Composition Study in the Conservatory must have completed Composition Class. The initial assignment is to PVST V; in subsequent semesters the student progresses through PVST VI, VII, and VIII. Transfer students are assigned to an initial Composition Class or Private Composition Study at the time of admission.
Under certain circumstances it is possible for a student to skip a course in the Private Composition Study sequence; to do so requires a recommendation from the Composition Department and the approval of the Associate Dean in the Conservatory. In certain cases, a student may be required to repeat one of the Private Composition Study courses, again upon recommendation from the Composition Department and with approval of the Associate Dean.

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Classroom Courses in Composition

(Also see Contemporary Music)
100. The Craft of Composition 2 hours
A course designed for students not majoring in composition. The purpose of the course is to provide those with limited prior background in composition the opportunity to experience musical structure and coherence through writing. The class meets as a group but the compositional problems of each individual will receive attention as needed. Prerequisites: MUTH 232. Notes: May be repeated for credit. Consent: Consent of instructor required.
Enrollment Limit:
10.
Sem 2 COMP-100-01 TuTh 1:30-2:45 Staff
102, 103. Composition Class I, II 3 hours
A course designed for composition majors, composition minors, or College music majors with composition emphasis. Each semester is divided into two units of six (or seven) weeks, each taught by a different member of the staff. Units include study of notation, techniques of composition, improvisation, free composition. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12. Composition major, composition minor, or a College music major with emphasis in composition required.
Sem 1 COMP-102-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Ms. Rubin, Mr. Coleman
Sem 2 COMP-103-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Mr. Coleman, Ms. Rubin
202, 203. Composition Class III, IV 3 hours
A course designed for those who have completed Composition 103. Each semester is divided into two units of six (or seven) weeks. The units include study of homophonic vocal writing, the application of vocal writing for solo voice with homophonic accompaniment, polyphonic instrumental writing for small ensembles, and the application of instrumental polyphonic writing in free composition. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12. Sophomore status as a composition major required.
Sem 1 COMP-202-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Mr. Coleman, Ms. Rubin
Sem 2 COMP-203-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Ms. Rubin, Mr. Coleman
210. Composition Seminar 3 hours
A one-semester course designed for composition students. The semester is divided into two units of six (or seven) weeks. A variety of activities germane to the development of composers are included, such as the analysis and discussion of music by guest composers; open rehearsal-
discussions; score-reading sessions; visitors from other creative arts areas on campus; outside readings in criticism and aesthetics. Notes: May be repeated for credit. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 COMP-210-01 TuTh 4:30-6:00 Mr. Coleman
Sem 2 COMP-210-01 TuTh 4:30-6:00 Staff
300. Orchestration 2 hours
Primarily for composition majors. The purpose is to develop facility in writing for various instrumental combinations. The study includes: comparison of techniques of orchestration (18th-20th centuries), practice writing and arranging for the different choirs of the modern orchestra, orchestrating complete compositions; the graphic aspect of and notational problems in more recent music. Prerequisites: MUTH 232. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12. Junior status as a composition major or minor (or College music major, composition emphasis).
Sem 1 COMP-300-01 TuTh 1:30-2:20 Mr. Hoffmann

 

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