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MUS 380

21CM Topics

Investigations of specialized topics in entrepreneurship and music business. These courses expand upon other courses offered in the 21CM curriculum.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits

Fall Semester information

Eliza Brown

380A: 21CM Tps:Composition

Eric Schmidt

380B: 21CM Tps:Choral Arranging

This class will provide a framework for developing choral arranging ability. In contrast to composing music, arranging approaches writing from the perspective of creating a musical setting for an already existing melody. In a first step, we will briefly focus on gathering/reviewing different tools from music theory, musicianship, proper music notation (including the use of software), and aspects that are significant to writing for the voice. The majority of the class, students will apply these tools to evaluate existing arrangements and to create their own arrangements for different groups and in different styles. It is crucial that students commit to a safe and supportive learning atmosphere in which we can discuss individual assignments to learn from each other's experience.

By the end of the class, students will be able to

  • Identify and arrange music that is effective for the voice
  • Harmonize vocals for different formats
  • Plan and execute a choral arrangement with or without instrumental accompaniment
  • Use music notation software to properly score their arrangements