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Music Theory & Digital Composition
Course Overview

In Music Theory and Digital Composition, students explore the structure, writing, and recording of music as a design problem, with the intention of creating and releasing a finished piece of original music. The first half of the semester is focused on the history of music, the staff, notation, scales, intervals, chords, and harmony. In conjunction with this is the use of two pieces of software called Auralia and Musition, which quickly attune to each student’s individual skill level in ear training and sight reading, respectively. This aids the student in writing an original composition, the quality and character of which is determined by personal music interests and learning more about their identified target audience. The foundation of the course is the Design Thinking model, which guides students through a process that begins with empathizing with their audience, defining their piece, iterating several design drafts, prototyping, and then releasing the finished recording for feedback and another iteration of refinement. The second half of the course is focused on performing, recording, mixing, mastering, and releasing a recording of their composition, all the while keeping key target audience members in the loop through surveys and conversations.

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“ I loved writing my own composition because I've never known how to record any of my ideas on sheet music. It was a cool learning experience, and I know that I'll be able to use it after the course ends, too! ”
Student - Kingswood Oxford School