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University of Redlands Composition Seminar
Course Description: Conversations on culture, composition, & cooking.
First Year Writing Course: Music Claiming Space syllabus/course overview
Course Description: Music can serve as more than just a cultural artifact. Music can also be an epistemological catalyst, connecting societies quickly and transparently to celebrations of, and debates surrounding, shared systems of belief. As such, this course examines the notion of place, how place is made into music, and how music is made into meaning.
Music 101: Elements of Music syllabus & course overview
: To obtain basic literacy and proficiency in reading, writing, and performing Western classical music. This course provides you with a greater understanding and appreciation of the entire musical world through the study of elements central to Western classical music notation. Course Objective
Senior Year Writing Seminar: 20th Century String Quartets syllabus & course overview page one, two, & three
Course Description: Work within the senior seminar is research oriented, and centered on reading, listening and discussion. Our efforts are directed toward the completion of scholarship (discussion, papers, and a presentation) addressing the cultural and analytic frameworks that inform our understanding of the string quartet from the early 20th century to the present day. We also will practically apply our time and skill towards the success of your senior capstone work in Spring semester. That work will begin at midterm.
Composition & Orchestration I syllabus/course overview
Course Objectives: 1. To broaden your knowledge of compositions and compositional technique; 2. To broaden your knowledge of orchestral instruments and repertoire from the common practice, twentieth century, and contemporary periods; 3. To use your knowledge in the above-stated areas toward the creation of your best musical work.
Theory & Practice of Music III syllabus/course overview
Course Objectives: The objectives of this course are three-fold. 1. To provide a forum for discussion on the over-arching topics that inform the practice of music. 2. To better understand the tonal logic of the music we study. 3. To understand how the large-scale formal dimensions of a given work are informed by the previous two topics. Our goal is to improve your musical literacy through democratizing the study of music, including works from both the classical and vernacular realms. Written exercises, composition, performance, and discussion will provide you greater insight into the forces that continue to shape the importance of music through the centuries, in our own time, and beyond.
Theory & Practice of Music I syllabus & course overview
Course Objectives: By the end of this course of study, you should have a working proficiency with the elementary components of Western musical theory & practice. This course will provide you with tools you can use to acquire a broader and deeper understanding of how Western music is constructed. Another joy within this training is that it may be readily applied to works outside of the canon, and give you insights into some governing principles that underlie musical experiences globally.
Topics in Instrumental Music syllabus & course overview
Course Description: This course will survey seminal instrumental works of the common-practice, 20th century, and contemporary periods. We will focus on the historical context surrounding each work, and examine key musical features that make each piece great. Through extensive listening, selected readings, short essays, and group activities, Topics in Instrumental Music appraises the relationship between instrumental practices and cultural movements that inform them.