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MUC

MUC 1101   INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC COMPOSITION

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: MUT 1001 or equivalent and departmental permission. Students practice compositional skills with assignments and projects to demonstrate an understanding of the basic materials, devices, and processes for composing music in the small forms. The course is a survey of styles of the major creative movements, with emphasis on twentieth century techniques. May be taken up to two times for credit. One hour private lesson plus one hour seminar class each week.

MUC 1102   MUSIC COMPOSITION II: STRINGS AND WOODWINDS

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: MUC 1101 and departmental permission. Continuation of MUC 1101, but with an emphasis on (a) orchestration technique in composing for the string instruments both as solo instruments, and as a family. Projects for duo, trio, string quartet, and string orchestra; and (b) for the woodwind family. May be taken up to two times for credit. One-hour private lesson plus one-hour seminar class each week. 32 contact hours.

MUC 1104   MUSIC COMPOSITION III: BRASS AND PERCUSSION

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: MUC 1101 and departmental permission. Continuation of MUC 1101, but with an emphasis on (a) orchestration technique in composing for the brass instruments both as solo instruments, and as a family. Projects for duo, trio, brass quartet and quintet, and for brass choir; and (b) for the percussion family. May be taken up to two times for credit. One-hour private lesson plus one-hour seminar class each week. 32 contact hours.

MUC 1107   MUSIC COMPOSITION IV: CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: MUC 1101 and departmental permission. Continuation of MUC 1101 with an emphasis on orchestration skills culminating with a composition, in one of the large forms, for orchestra. May be taken up to two times for credit. One-hour private lesson plus one-hour seminar class each week. 32 contact hours.

MUC 1311   STUDIO MUSIC APPLICATIONS

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: Departmental permission. This course will introduce students to the applications related to studio recording and electronic music production. Sequencing, notation and synthesis techniques will be studied and applied in compositional and arranging assignments. This course may be taken two (2) times for credit. One hour lesson per week plus two hours each week working in the Music Technology Laboratory on assigned projects. 16 contact hours.

MUC 1603   ANALYSIS OF SONG LYRICS

credits: 3  
This course is the study of song lyrics in popular music. Studies include twentieth and twenty-first century historical perspectives, song form, content and imagery, and the effect that phonetic tone and diction have on cogency. The course objective is to educate the aspiring songwriter on the usage of sophisticated techniques in contemporary lyrical construction. 47 contact hours.

MUC 1606   A COMPOSER'S GUIDE TO THE RECORDING STUDIO

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: MUC 1621 and admission to the Music Industry Recording Arts A.S. degree, composition subplan. This course is designed to give the contemporary composer a working knowledge of the recording studio and the skills required to be successful in its use. Topics of study are record production common practice, arrangement and orchestration theory when recording, tracking session techniques, mix-down and mastering responsibilities, and current software platforms for composers. 47 contact hours.

MUC 1616   INTRODUCTION TO FILM SCORING

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: MUC 1101 or equivalent, and departmental permission. This course is an introduction to film scoring comprised of (a) an overview and discussion of the history of music as used for the purpose of underscoring motion pictures; (b) discussion and demonstration of the function of "incidental" music in film, and the various philosophies regarding its usage; (c) projects and assignments in composing for actual film sequences, learning to master the devices and techniques of editing and synchronizing music "cues" to the film clips. One-hour private lesson plus one-hour seminar class each week. 32 contact hours.

MUC 1618   FILM SCORING II - TELEVISION EPISODIC

credits: 2  
Prerequisites: MUC 1616 and departmental permission. This course is a continuation of MUC 1616 with an emphasis on underscoring of dialog, composing main title themes, and writing scene-in and scene-out interludes and bumpers. This is a project-oriented course that culminates in scoring a full-length television episode. One-hour private lesson plus one-hour seminar class each week. 32 contact hours.

MUC 1619   FILM SCORING III - FEATURE LENGTH

credits: 2  
Prerequisites: MUC 1618 and departmental permission. In this course, the student will focus on scoring a feature-length industry film in its entirety, with full orchestral resources. The student will explore numerous varieties of scenic, action, and dialog issues, and will retain a DVD copy of finished project as a portfolio sample. One-hour private lesson plus one-hour seminar class each week. 32 contact hours.

MUC 1621   COMPOSITION IN MODERN MEDIA I

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: ((MUT 2341, MUT 2341L) or equivalent) and admission to the Music Industry Recording Arts A.S. degree, composition subplan. Students practice compositional skills with assignments and projects to demonstrate an understanding of the basic materials, devices, and processes for composing and arranging contemporary music in the most common popular forms. The course is a survey of styles of the current creative movements, with emphasis on both acoustic and electronic techniques. May be taken up to two times for credit. One-hour private lesson plus one-hour seminar class each week. 32 Contact hours.

MUC 2000   SONGWRITING

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: MUT 1001 and admission to the Music Industry Recording Arts A.S. degree composition subplan. This course is designed to introduce students to the craft of songwriting as well as to help experienced songwriters discover new strategies to expand their technique. Focus is on contemporary music, especially, but not limited to, popular music and jazz. The course provides information that can be immediately applied to composing songs. 32 contact hours.

MUC 2001   SONGWRITING II

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: MUC 2000 and MUC 1603 and admission to the Music Industry Recording Arts A.S. degree composition subplan. This course offers a systematic approach to constructing strong, expressive melodies in commercial songwriting. It encompasses: creating memorable melodies, using counterpoint effectively in song construction, developing melodic ideas over different modes, and incorporating melodies across chords into different song sections. 32 contact hours

MUC 2601   LYRIC WRITING I

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: ENC 1101 or equivalent and departmental permission. This course serves to provide the student with a study of lyric writing. Student will learn to write lyrics through the application of: phrasing; rhythm and rhyme; structure and form. Student will learn what makes lyrics work and not work, applying knowledge as a lyricist or an audience member, making one more capable as both. May be taken up to two times for credit. 32 contact hours.

MUC 2604   LYRIC WRITING II

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: ENC 1101, MUC 2XXX, or equivalent and departmental permission. This course will provide the student with techniques to writing lyrics by finding better rhymes and using them more effectively. Becoming a naturally great lyricist is a skill that can be learned and improved upon. This course provides all of the technical information necessary to develop this skill completely. May be taken up to two times for credit. 32 Contact hours.

MUC 2622   COMPOSITION IN MODERN MEDIA II

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: ((MUT 2342, MUT 2342L) or equivalent) and admission to the Music Industry Recording Arts A.S. degree, composition subplan. This course is the advanced level of Contemporary Composing and Arranging. Students practice compositional skills with assignments and projects to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the full spectrum materials, devices, and processes for composing and arranging contemporary music in a wide range of popular forms. The course is an in-depth discussion and analysis of styles used in the current creative movements, with emphasis on both acoustic and electronic techniques. May be taken up to two times for credit. One-hour private lesson plus one-hour seminar class each week. 32 contact hours.

MUC 2631   AVID PRO TOOLS FOR THE COMPOSER

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: MUM 2601, MUM 2601L, MUT 2342, MUT 2342L, MUM 2609 and admission to the Music Industry Recording Arts A.S. degree, composition subplan. This course is the advanced level study of composing while using specific computer-based production platforms. Students practice compositional skills with assignments and projects to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the tools available to the composer when using the Avid Pro Tools software and hardware. 47 contact hours.


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