Students will develop and refine the ability to express themselves through songwriting. In this course, current songs will be studied, original songs will be composed and performed, and students will mentor each other in supportive, collaborative, on-line environment.
Patricia Riley ()
Dates: July 1 - August 9, 2013; Cross listed w/MU 075 OL1
Course Synopsis: Students will study current songs, compose and perform original songs, and mentor classmates in a hands-on, supportive, collaborative, on-line environment. In this graduate-level section of the course, students will also develop, share, and reflect on ideas for including songwriting in a variety of music-class settings, and develop lessons plans for implementation. Goal: For each class member to develop and refine the ability to express himself/herself through songwriting, and cultivate strategies to engage students in songwriting. Objectives: Students will demonstrate - ? an understanding of songwriting fundamentals ? songwriting skill development ? positive mentoring interactions ? ability to involve students in songwriting
? Creation and performance of at least 5 new songs (via YouTube) (At least 1 as a collaborative song ? using Skype) ? Read and discuss assignments in course texts (via Discussion Board for Gillette, Blog for Zollo) ? Weekly song-study discussion (via Wiki) ? Weekly mentoring entries (via YouTube) ? Two 5-page critical review papers ? (Analysis and discussion of musical and lyrical content of self-selected songs) (Email to professor) ? Mid-term dialogue with other MU295 participants about ideas for including songwriting in a variety of music-class settings (via Wiki) ? Songwriters journal (To use as basis for the final paper) ? Perform two best-work songs at coffee-house event (via YouTube) ? Final paper ? (5-page reflection of your development as a songwriter) (Email to professor) ? Final sharing of 3 Lesson Plans for engaging students in songwriting (via Wiki) Required Texts: Gillette, S. (1995). Songwriting and the Creative Process. Mitchell, K. (1996). Essential Songwriter?s Rhyming Dictionary. Zollo, P. (2003). Songwriters on Songwriting.
20% - Creation and video performance of songs 10% - Coffeehouse performance 10% - Mentoring participation (YouTube) 10% - Class participation (discussion of reading and song study assignments ? Discussion Board, Blog, Wiki) 20% - Critical review papers 5% - Midterm teacher?s Wiki 20% - Songwriters journal and Final paper 5% - Lesson plans
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