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Professional Practices, Composition Workshop (340-0-2)

Instructors

Jay Alan Yim
847/467-2030
jaymar@northwestern.edu
Office Hours: By appointment

Meeting Info

Online: Tues, 2:00PM - 4:50PM

Overview of class

This course will aim to provide guidance to aspiring composers and sound artists with reference to the various ways that they represent themselves to the professional music and art worlds. Although we will consider hard copy/physical forms of presentation, the emphasis within a regime of social distancing will be on digital media, and how these modes are consumed/received. Practical projects will include score preparation, audio editing, writing and designing resumes/cvs, grant applications, competition submissions, festivals, & web presence. Visual design basics will be discussed as the potent communicative tools that they are, here in the service of sonic arts. While it must be acknowledged that no such course could ever be considered as exhaustive, nevertheless the goal is to sensitize composers/sound designers to aspects of their preprofessional and continuing professional practice - typically relegated to roles that are ancillary or tangential to the business of creating compelling music - in a manner that if addressed properly and strategically will be more likely to assist them in launching and maintaining successful careers. 

Class Materials (Required)

No required textbooks.

Students must have access to notation and audio editing software with which they are comfortable working. Software such as MuseScore (notation) and Audacity (audio editing) are free, open-source options.

Class Notes

Prerequisites: freshman-level music theory; basic computer and internet literacy; familiarity with a software notation program such as Finale/Sibelius/Dorico; familiarity with an audio editing program such as Audacity, Adobe Audition, SoundForge, ProTools, Reaper, etc.

Class Attributes

Synchronous:Class meets remotely at scheduled time