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Music Composition for Media

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All online MECA courses begin on
September 23 and conclude on December 15, 2019.
Registration deadline
for all online classes:
Friday, September 20,
12:00 noon CST.


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for specific dates. Registration
for all on-campus courses closes two weeks prior to the course
start date.
 
On-Campus Course Hours
Saturdays: 8:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Sundays:   8:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
 
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Music Composition for Media

This course combines analysis and composition techniques in order to provide students with the basic musical skills necessary for composing music for media. Focusing on the principles, terminology, procedures, technical aspects and understanding creative considerations of scoring for media. Course work includes analysis of existing musical examples which demonstrate the building blocks of composition. These building blocks include melody, harmony, rhythm, and form as applied to specific dramatic situations. Students will compose several short original pieces modeled after the various analysis examples presented.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze form based on perceptual element of a film

  • Identify what, musically, creates specific emotional effects across musical genres

  • Evaluate when and how to hit specific points in a film vs. playing through

  • Develop a musical motive

  • Analyze the development of a theme from one cue to another across a complete film

Instructor: Chee-Ping Ho

f-57-162-9880476_3MVjr4Ew_Chee-Ping_Ho_4zCgChee-Ping Ho holds a Master of Science in Music Technology degree from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, and a Bachelor of Music dual-major degree in Contemporary Writing and Production and Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music
 
Ho continues to work on many music productions in the United States
and Asia as film composer, orchestrator, arranger, recording and mix engineer.
 
He visits different parts of the world to discover old & new musical elements
for his compositions. Ho enjoys exploring the challenges and unique sounds created by writing for diverse ensembles from orchestra, wind band, marching band, and small ensembles. His commissions continue lend themselves to new audiences worldwide.
 
Ho currently serves as the Academic Technology Division Manager for
Berklee College of Music, where he develops, implements and researches new academic technology for the departments and institutes of Music Technology, Music Writing, Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Business, Professional Music, Liberal Arts, Visually Impaired and Special Needs.
 
Ho also represented the Massachusetts Music Education Association (MMEA) Conference Committee Technology, a state chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and has presented numerous clinics in music and technology. He is also a freelance music technology consultant for local colleges and high schools, and serves on numerous committees.

Course Details

Instructor: Chee-Ping Ho

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition: $1,020, due in full with registration
 
Course Code: 7589

Online

Chat Sessions:
None

Required text(s):
None

Software/hardware requirements for Mac & Windows users:
Access to a Chromebook or tablet with Internet access is required.

 

SUMMER ONLINE COURSE DETAILS

 

VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.

The summer online term officially begins on Monday, June 10. The week prior to June 10, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from noreply@schoology.com or wfong@vandercook.edu with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of June 10, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy summer schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

 

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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