The Composers' Workshop
This is a practical course for those interested in composing music of any genre and will concentrate upon the skills common to all composition, such as melody construction, harmonic progression and instrumentation. The classes will consist of a combination of structured teaching and workshops on students' own work.
Students can bring any musical ideas to the class - it might be just a short phrase or some interesting chords - and we will discuss their implications and ways in which they might be expanded and developed.
It is hoped that each student will finish the term with a completed piece of music, although this may vary in scope from a simple but well-crafted tune to a substantial work. The important thing is not the scale of the piece but the extent to which it has developed and been polished during the term. An alternative, but equally acceptable, outcome of the course would be for a student to produce a series of short structured exercises in compositional technique.
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