New Music, New Thinking (CMPN1612)

UNIT OF STUDY

New Music, New Thinking is designed to challenge the way in which students' understand the music of our time. Through in-depth analyses of music of the past 100 years, students will be exposed to a variety of compositional techniques, concepts and aesthetics. Areas of enquiry may include noise, stasis, pastiche, the open form, unconventional instruments and microtonality. The content and assessment of this subject will enable students to further develop critical thinking and judgments with regards to the composition of new classical music and relate this knowledge to other contemporary cultural practices. Students will be expected to undertake weekly readings and listenings, participate in discussion and conduct independent research.

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Classes

2 hour seminar/wk

Assessment

Two assignments (2x50%) comprising an analytical essay and a composition exercise or performance project.

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

CMPN1611

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