Starts: 10 Jan 2022
Composition Workshop B
What you will learn
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
Class format and activities
This course will be delivered online. 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
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. This is an online course, therefore you will need access to a personal computer/laptop/ipad with working internal microphone and camera, and decent internet wi-fi connection. You will also need to have and basic IT skills, in order to be able to access and use effectively the online material, eg. the online platforms for the live sessions and shared material. Ahead of the first session, you will receive information about the exact format and length of the live part of the course, together with guidance on how to access the relevant platforms. 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.