Students develop and refine the ability to express themselves through songwriting as they study current songs, compose and perform original songs, and mentor classmates. No prerequisite. May not be counted toward the major.
Patricia Riley ()
Dates: July 1 - August 9, 2013; Cross listed w/MU 295 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. Goal: For each class member to develop and refine the ability to express himself/herself through songwriting Objectives: Students will demonstrate - ? an understanding of songwriting fundamentals ? songwriting skill development ? positive mentoring interactions
? 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) ? 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) Required Texts: Gillette, S. (1995). Songwriting and the Creative Process. Mitchell, K. (1996). Essential Songwriter?s Rhyming Dictionary. Zollo, P. (2003). Songwriters on Songwriting.
30% - Creation and video performance of songs (via YouTube) 10% - Coffeehouse performance (via YouTube) 10% - Mentoring participation (via YouTube) 10% - Class participation (discussion of reading and song study assignments ? via Discussion Board, Blog, Wiki) 20% - Critical review papers (emailed to professor) 20% - Songwriters journal and Final paper (emailed to professor)
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