21M.351 / 21M.505 Music Composition

Fall 2008

Excerpt of percussion solo score, including notation for various instruments and techniques.
Excerpt from the score for student composition Limit One Per Cussion by Joy Perkinson. See the projects page for the complete score, and additional scores and recordings of student compositions. (Image courtesy of Joy Perkinson. Used with permission.)

Course Description

This course features directed composition of larger forms of original writing involving voices and/or instruments. It includes a weekly seminar in composition for the presentation and discussion of work in progress. Students are expected to produce at least one substantive work, performed in public, by the end of the term. Contemporary compositions and major works from 20th-century music literature are studied.

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Prof. Peter Child

Course Meeting Times

1 session / week
3 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate