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MUS410: Techniques of Composition & Analysis

Students in this course continue their study of the language of music by creating short compositions, which are performed in class.

Students in this course continue their study of the language of music by creating short compositions, which are performed in class. They learn to use the elements of music in melody writing, text setting and harmonization and also explore the fundamentals of consonance and dissonance in two-, three- and four-part writing. Finally, the interaction of harmony and counterpoint is examined. Analysis of selected works by master composers supplements and informs the students' own creative work. In addition, students continue to develop their aural comprehension, sight-singing and keyboard skills.