|LEC #||TOPICS||KEY DATES|
|1||Welcome - Ritual Reading of the Syllabus - Overview|
Unit One: The Big Picture
Everyone will participate in Unit One large-group improvisations as a vocalist, even if you have no training. When you're assigned to participate in a small-group improvisation, you're free to choose your best instrument (where "instrument" includes your voice as an option).
|2||What is "Music"? What is a "Score"? How are they Related?
Cook: "Music: An Imaginary Object"
|3||Form and Proportion; Large-scale Rhythm and Phrase Rhythm (Special Guest: Jewlia Eisenberg, Composer-performer)||Drill 1 (solo piece)|
|4||Speed, Volume, and Register
|5||Timbre||Revision of Drill 1 (trio piece)|
|6||Texture and Articulation||Assignment 1 (duo piece) due|
Unit Two: Rhythm
Everyone will participate in Unit Two large-group improvisations as a percussionist, even if you have no training. You are responsible to procure or construct your own instrument no later than Lec #8 class meeting. When you're assigned to participate in a small-group improvisation, you're free to choose your best instrument (where "instrument" includes your voice as an option).
|7||Symmetric Meter||Assignment 2 (solo piece) due|
|8||Accent and Syncopation
|9||Polyrhythm and Polymeter||Assignment 3 (duo piece) due|
|10||Asymmetric Meter||Assignment 4 (duo piece) due|
|11||Alternatives to Meter||Assignment 5 (trio piece) due|
Unit Three: Melody and Harmony
Use your best instrument (or voice) for all improvisations, whether large-group or small-group. Instrumentalists: this means you must bring your instrument to every class meeting.
|12||Consonance and Dissonance||Assignment 6 (solo piece) due|
|13||Intervals and Harmony
|14||Melodic Construction and Transformation||Assignment 7 (duo piece) due|
|15||Contrapuntal Relationships||Assignment 8 (duo piece) due|
|16||Drone, Ostinato, Chaconne and Passacaglia||Assignment 9 (trio piece) due|
|17||Contrasting Harmonic Areas
|18||Deadline For Final Projects|
Unit Four: Onward and Beyond
Instrumentalists: bring your instrument only for the rehearsals of the piece(s) in which you'll play it.
|19||Sampling, Quotation, Paraphrase, and Allusion
Read-through of Large-ensemble Compositions
|Assignment 10 (trio piece) due|
Rehearsal of Large-ensemble Compositions
|Assignment 11 (trio piece) due|
|21||What (and How) do Sounds Mean?||Assignment 12 (trio piece) due|
|21||Dress Rehearsal of Large-ensemble Compositions
|22-24||Performances Of Final Projects
Post-concert Discussion of Performances
|25||Report on Your Final Project|