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Music 2: Moving on with Composition

Music 2: Moving on with Composition

Duration: 15 months at 10hrs/week

Price: £1630

Run by: Enquiries
at OCA

0800 731 2116

Unit 1B
Redbrook Business Park
Wilthorpe Road
Barnsley
South Yorkshire
S75 1JN

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About the Course

This course aims to engage you in advanced techniques of music composition, giving you the opportunity to develop your fluency in the language of music, extend your abilities in composition and help you build up your portfolio of work. It widens your harmonic vocabulary, introduces you to choral and instrumental writing (both chamber and orchestral) and analyses and looks for inspiration at the music and styles of other composers. You will write an extended work for voices and instruments, usually choir and orchestra. The course is for students wanting to build on the basics of composition learned in Composing Music 1.

The music of established composers is presented throughout the course, always in order to make or emphasise some musical point within the text. The understanding of harmony is developed to include borrowed chords and chromatic harmony. Contrapuntal techniques are introduced. There is consideration of writing piano accompaniments. Composing instrumental music (Chamber and orchestral) and choral music complete the second half of the course. To study this course, you will need a music software package with which to compose music and listen to the playback and that is capable of accessing the Sibelius files which come with the course materials.

The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity offering arts education through open and flexible distance learning methods. You will receive support from a one-to-one tutor who is also an arts practitioner and you will become part of a thriving UK and international student community.

All of our part time distance learning Open degrees are awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time Open courses at Higher Education level in painting, drawing, photography, music, illustration, graphic design, creative writing, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, art history and film.

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