Composition Seminar

Course Number: 153/6.0 3S (Course Code Explanation)

Open To: B.Mus. and B.Mus./B.Ed. students, non-B.Mus. students

Area(s): Theory and Composition

Instructor(s): Dr. Robert Rival

Term(s): A, B

Day(s) and Time(s): F: 8.30-10.30

Room: HLH 120

Calendar Description

A study of composition with an emphasis on traditional and 20th-century techniques.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s) / Exclusion(s)

  • PREREQUISITE: A minimum grade of 80 per cent in MUSC P52*; or Conservatory Grade II Rudiments first class honours standing and permission of the School.

Additional Information

This course offers an opportunity for students to acquire basic technical skills of acoustic composition and to develop a creative voice in a friendly workshop setting. The core activity consists of composing three works of increasing duration and instrumentation. Students will develop their works by presenting sketches and drafts in class on an ongoing basis. Students will learn how to offer (and receive) constructive criticism on their work. They will perform their own works and those of their peers. Supporting activities include learning the art of music engraving by notating scores by hand; presenting a technical analysis of a short work written after 1900; learning how to effectively communicate one’s creative goals in writing (program notes) and orally (stage introductions); and engaging in discussion on other topics, such as aesthetics.