When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Paul Sarcich
  • Course Code W21CCLI02A

What you will learn

A course which will enable students to build completed pieces of music through a mixture of taught techniques and utilisation of students' own musical ideas. Students will be given frameworks in which to write pieces and there will be continuous tutor feedback and class discussion of the works as they build up. Performances of pieces may happen in class, or by Morley groups that students write for.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the nature of the human voice and different vocal types
  • Understand important considerations in writing for the voice
  • Analyse existing pieces of vocal music to see various techniques being used
  • Understand some of the main considerations in writing for choirs
  • Build a piece of vocal or choral music

Cost

  • Full fee
    £185
  • Concession fee
    £140
  • Class format and activities

    Classes will mix the analysis of demonstrated material with the development of student pieces in a roughly 30/70 ratio. Students will be guided on the rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and formal aspects of their work in order to produce a piece suitable for consideration by performers. Study pieces for this term: Berlioz Les Nuits d'Eté, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music

    Entry requirements

    A solid theoretical background (ABRSM 6+ or equivalent), fluent reading and writing of standard music notation, the ability to produce musical ideas for further development.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Time will need to be spent out of class in inventing and developing musical idea to make pieces. You will need to complete homework on a weekly basis. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the following learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

    What you need

    Notebook, manuscript paper, data stick. During the first session, you will receive guidance from your tutor about how to access the online course material, such as recordings and sheet music.

    What you can do next

    This course continues next term as 'Composition Workshop C'. You may also be interested in the 'Orchestration and Arranging' course and in any 'A Listener's Guide to Music' course, such as 'The Brief History of Western Music' or the 'History of the Opera' courses.