Introduction to Musicianship
Introduction to musicianship through in-depth exploration of basic common musical elements and training in aural recognition, sight singing, dictation, and keyboard skills. Focus on topics such as tonal and modal harmony, rhythm, improvisation, composition, notation, and ear training to prepare students for later theory courses, participation in music ensembles, advanced study in music, and professional careers.
Theory: species counterpoint through fifth species; description of triads and inversions.
Theory: diatonic harmony through secondary dominants and diminished sevenths; modulations to dominant and relative keys; writing of four-part chorales; style composition in baroque dance forms; introduction to figured bass notation.
Theory: chromatic harmony including development of tonality, 1800 to 1850; appropriate analysis and style composition.
Theory: baroque counterpoint including chorale prelude; twopart invention; exposition and first modulation of three-part invention; canonic principles; analysis of inventions, canons, and fugues. Musicianship: sightsinging of extended chromatic melodies; advanced harmonic dictation (diatonic and chromatic); keyboard harmonization of modulating melodies; elementary score reading.
Theory: advanced chromatic harmony including development of harmony from 1850; analytical projects; style composition. Musicianship: advanced score reading; advanced harmonic dictation; preparation for departmental examination.
20th-century harmonic language, including nonfunctional harmony, polytonality, free atonality, serialism, and minimalism.
In-depth exploration of styles and techniques of counterpoint of 15th and 16th centuries through writing and analysis of important forms of period, including species, canon, free counterpoint, cantus, firmus, point of imitation, motet, ricercare, etc.
In-depth exploration of polyphonic styles and textures since 1750, with emphasis on late-19th- and 20th-century modes of expression, through writing and analysis.
Ranges and characteristics of instruments, with exercises in scoring.
Scoring and analysis for ensembles and full orchestra.
Fundamentals of conducting, including basic skills, techniques, analysis, and repertoire.
Practical applications in scoring for symphony orchestra. Preparation and production of parts and full scores. At least one reading by UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra scheduled.
Practical applications in scoring for large wind ensembles. Preparation and production of score and parts. May include percussion. At least one reading by UCLA Wind Ensemble scheduled.
Practical applications in scoring and arranging for choral ensembles, including a capella as well as chorus with instruments. Preparation and production of score and parts. At least one reading by UCLA Chorale or other choral group scheduled.
Survey of Western music; examination of representative compositions within their cultural contexts and development of analytical methods appropriate to each repertory. A: To 1700. B: 1700 - 1890. C: 1890 to Present.
Exercises in electroacoustic orchestration, meta-pitch composition, notation software (Sibelius), sequencing and film scoring software (Logic), text collages (ProTools), and final project.
Music Composition majors enroll in 6 quarters of individual instruction on piano or another instrument and 9 quarters of individual instruction in composition.
Music Composition majors participate in Music Department ensembles for at least 6 quarters. Learn more about the performance ensembles.

Elective Courses

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Students may select additional elective courses from other departments and programs within the school of music.
Understanding Movie Music
Brief historical survey of film music, with strong emphasis on recent development: Japanese animation, advertising, and MTV, as well as computer tools and digital scoring methods.
Acquisition of listening skills through direct interaction with live performance, performers, and composers. Relationship of listening to theoretical, analytical, historical, and cultural frameworks. Music as aesthetic experience and cultural practice.
Examination of composers, writers, and filmmakers whose creative efforts changed how world came to view American dream. Full features and music clips illustrate American life as seen through Hollywood musicals.
Introduction to principles of Alexander technique. Study of musician’s postural attitude at instrument, including physical movement as application of theory. Designed to help instrumentalists and vocalists prevent injuries and performance anxiety.
Survey of historical and stylistic development of musical style referred to today as Latin jazz.
Introduction to history, tradition, and scope of music of Armenia. Focus on number of different genres and approaches, and interactions between music and culture, society, and history.
Examination of influence of music industry on way music is created, performed, listened to, evaluated, and used today. Historical approach taken, beginning with music published in 18th century and continuing through development of audio recordings to MTV and popular music today.

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