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MUSC 101 - Creating Your Own Music

5 Credits
This course is designed to provide students with a solid foundation for the creative process of songwriting and composition. Students will explore and write music in several distinct styles, demonstrating creativity, and an understanding of the basic theoretical aspects of music composition. Students are expected to compose, arrange, notate, and present music for various combinations of instruments and voice.


Quarters Typically Offered
Fall Day
Winter Day
Spring Day

Designed to Serve This course is designed for students wishing to compose their own music in any style.
Active Date 20201208T18:00:42

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 25
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Humanities Area II

Course Outline
  • What does it mean to compose music?
  • What is the purpose of music composition?
  • How do different tools affect the process and the result?
  • What are some of the ways musical compositions are transmitted?
  • Analysis of composition models
  • Creation of original work

Student Learning Outcomes
Students will compose pieces of original music for groups of different size and instrumentation.

Students will convey compositions with a variety of notational systems and performance methods

Students will be able to analyze musical works from a variety of genres in terms of their musical structure and lyrics.

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