MUS 249Song Writing
An examination of the process of setting words to music and music to words. Using pre-existing or original texts, students explore the techniques used to create songs. The course features a consideration of how melody, rhythm, harmony, and dynamics, as well as other musical elements, combine to elevate the meaning of the words. Students will study how the human voice can be expressive in the realm of the sung thought and how the presence of an accompaniment can tie musical forces together to form a creative work in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Prerequisites: MUS 108 (Music Theory I) or permission of the instructor.