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Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

Music Composition: Beginning the Journey

Date

June 6-July 31, 2022

Course Code

7542

Credits

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition

$1,065, due in full with registration

Overview

Each composer’s path is a unique journey.  In this course you will being discovering your own path as a composer.  The course will focus on creating a melodic line, then harmonizing it, developing it, and finally orchestrating it. We will examine diatonic music, modal music, and loop-based music. Students will create motives and develop one instrumental, and one vocal composition throughout the course. Other topics include setting lyrics or text, using harmonic and rhythmic devices, and basic counterpoint. A working knowledge of music theory is helpful, but no previous composing experience is required. Course author and presenter; Vince Leonard, with special guest instructor: composer Leslie Burrs.

Requirements

Chat Session

None

Prerequisites

None

Required Text(s)

Music Composition: Craft and Art by Alan Belkin. It can be purchased from Amazon.com

Software/Hardware Requirements

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. 

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.

More information about Schoology can be found at www.schoology.com

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

Instructor

Vince Leonard

Producer and composer Vincent A. Leonard Jr. has had works premiered nationally and internationally. He is published by Arrangers Publishing Company, Educational Programs Network, and National Music Works. He co-authored Recording in the Digital World; Finale: An Easy Guide to Music Notation; Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Music Notation; and Musical iPad. In 1996, he and fellow producer and engineer Jack Klotz Jr. formed Invincible Entertainment and 3 IPS Studio, and have released two CDs, Magic Up Our Sleeve and On the Brink of Tomorrow. Compositional credits include the feature film Running On Empty Dreams, theme and episode music for the Captain Courteous radio series, and numerous theater pieces and industrials. Leonard has provided orchestrations for world premiere productions of Redwall for Opera Delaware, Elliot and the Magic Bed, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell and The Little Princess for Upper Darby Summer Stage. Also widely known as a copyist and arranger, he has worked on projects with Peter Nero, the Philly Pops Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, the London Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione and Leslie Burrs, and in musicals by Duke Ellington, Alan Menken, Kurt Weill and Mitch Leigh. Leonard is a member of NARAS and ASCAP, and is active as a clinician and music software beta-tester for Apple computers.
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