Spring 2022

Composition Seminar II

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-388

Formerly listed as: MUSI-72


Eric W. Sawyer (Section 01)


A continuation of MUSI 387. One class meeting per week and weekly private conferences. This course may be repeated. Spring 2022 will feature a semester-long project where students compose a new piece for a professional vocal trio.

Requisite: MUSI 269 or the equivalent and consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Sawyer.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Music 388 develops independent skills in composition tailored to the individual student. Through the combination of weekly individual and group meetings, the course identifies projects and areas to explore based on each student’s experience and interests. At the same time, there are coordinated opportunities for the entire class to study a particular musical genre or write for a visiting ensemble. Group meetings raise issues of compositional technique and process, examine contemporary works of a wide range of styles, and consider the wider compositional world. Evaluated work centers on approximately three compositions to be created during the term: their substance, clarity of presentation, and suitability for their intended media. Participation in discussions and the providing of constructive feedback to fellow students is also considered. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022