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    Composition Studies

    “Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!" -- Albus Dumbledore

    Below, you'll find information about composition studies courses in the UNC Community School for the Spring 2014 term. All composition classes meet in Room 1206 Kenan Music Building (125 South Columbia Street) on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.  The 12 week semester will commence January 10  and conclude April 30 (unless make-up classes are needed). For more information about group and private lessons in the UNC Community Music School, see our Group/Private Lessons page. To register for courses, visit our Registration Page.


    • Description: Exploring the tools and craft of composition as students practice informed listening, score analysis, composing, and performing new pieces. Topics will include designing compositional shapes, elements of tension and release, musical texture, foreground and background, allowing music to breathe, color and orchestration, communicating with performers and audiences. Each student will write at least one new piece this semester and have it presented. Students will write solo and/or chamber music, moving beyond their own instrument.
    • Ages: 13–adult
    • Class times: Saturday 3:45–4:40PM. Class will not meet 2/8, 3/15, 3/29, 4/5, 5/3
    • Prerequisites: A basic working vocabulary of music theory; ability to read at least two clefs. Proficiency on at least one instrument (including voice) preferred.
    • Tuition: $330

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