Faculté de Musique

Bachelor of Arts in Higher and Specialized Music Education - Music Composition

Hybrid
96 crédits
For students entering the program at the Sophomore level
(holders of a recognized Baccalaureate or Freshman diploma - equivalent to 30 credits)

Courses

General Education
Behavioral and Social Sciences
3 credits
Civic Engagement
2 credits
MUS235Film Music
3 credits
This course will concentrate on how to listen to a film in an analytical and critical manner. This will allow film music to go from being an unconscious experience to a conscious experience. It will focus on the evolution of the unique art of film music, especially its meanings, functions, associations, techniques, and styles. Topics will include the interaction between visual and musical elements, looking at significant film scores/soundtracks and composers.
French Communication
3 credits
MUS237Lebanese Music
3 credits
This course is designed to: 1 – Sensitize students to Lebanese folk music. 2 ­ Make them aware of the danger that threatens this music: a Heritage endangered. The disappearance of the songs with the disappearance of the circumstances and opportunities serving their raison d’être. The disappearance of the 'old', guardians and deliverers of the tradition. A heritage uncollected, not recorded in a scientific way. 3 – Let them discover the diversity of forms: mostly little known and unknown forms. 4 ­ Study of the poetic­musical internal structure of each form of traditional song.
MUS300Management and Marketing of Artistic Activities
3 credits
This course is designed to give students the basic concepts, current practices and modern training for management and marketing in several areas. It is addressed to students pursuing studies in music. It will give them a practical managerial introduction to complete and innovative management and marketing as they are applied in artistic events. It will help them learn how to organize, to implement and manage an artistic event.
MUS245Music and Theater
3 credits
This workshop course is intended to introduce the performers (actors, singers, musicians) to the requirements of their profession, in terms of stage presence, communication, impact and the dramatic action (in any communication there is an inner life and a dramatic effect to produce). The objectives of this workshop are to:
• master a sense of rhythm
• master the techniques of relaxation and concentration
• understand and discover their bodies and know how to involve them
• develop self­confidence
• develop creativity and imagination
• develop stage presence, i.e. justify it, give it meaning and enrich it with an internal life
• mastering the meaning of space
• master the techniques of improvisation
• create dramatic connections with all possible scenographic elements
• be able to work in a group.
MUS203Musical computing
3 credits
The course is intended for students interested in the world of sound (training, recording, publishing and editing), as well as musical production. This is a theoretical course illustrated by multimedia examples and completed by practical application sessions.
MUS225Sacred music
3 credits
This course is an introduction to music in its relation to religion. It includes general concepts of religion, philosophy, the sacred and their rapport with music. Subjects to study: the function of sacred music, the relationship of religion with music, tradition and renewal in sacred music; sacred music categories, forms and genres of sacred music, classification of sacred songs in the Maronite Church, and the characteristics of sacred music.
Science and Health
3 credits
Sports
1 credits
Common Core
MUSC235Analysis of the 17th Century Music
2 credits
This course will provide a deep analysis (form, genre, structure, themes, rhythm, orchestration and harmonic and polyphonic writing, language, general nature of the work) of musical styles and composition, in examples mostly selected from Greek, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music.
MUSC355Analysis of the 18th Century Music
2 credits
Analysis of corresponding parts in the history course of the 18th century.
MUSC455Analysis of the 19th Century Music
2 credits
Analysis of corresponding parts in the history course of the 19th century.
MUSC240Arab Music I
2 credits
This course aims to teach the students about Arab music in all its categories, popular and art music, theoretical and practical, the Maghreb and the Mashreq. Several titles and themes will be discussed: the general history of Arabic music, the maqams, the Arab musical scale and the modal system, the rhythms and musical writings of Ibn Al­Munajjim, Al­Kindi and Al­Farabi.
MUSC420Choir Conducting I
1 credits
This course aims to train musicians on vocals, choirs and choir conducting. It includes concepts about the human voice and its education, the choir and its training, the conductor of the choir (values, posture, technique, behavior, etc.), choral conducting (departure gesture, the fermata, the stop gestures, the syncopation and offbeat, repeat, etc.). This course includes exercises on the evolution of the musical ear, on conductor gestures, on the conducting of simple meters (2/4, 3/4, 4/4).
MUSC425Choir Conducting II
1 credits
This course aims to train musicians on vocals, choirs and choir conducting. It includes concepts about the human voice and its education, the choir and its training, the conductor of the choir (values, posture, technique, behavior, etc.), choral conducting (departure gesture, the fermata, the stop gestures, the syncopation and offbeat, repeat, etc.). This course includes exercises on the evolution of the musical ear, on conductor gestures, on the conducting of simple meters (2/4, 3/4, 4/4).
MUSC210Choral Singing I
1 credits
Choral singing closely follows the course of history. Each year the students learn to interpret, in the context of Western choral singing of the Faculty, the corresponding repertory according to the current history course.
MUSC215Choral Singing II
1 credits
Choral singing closely following the course of history. Each year the students learn to interpret, in the context of Western choral singing of the Faculty, the corresponding repertory according to the current history course.
MUSC310Choral Singing III
1 credits
Choral singing closely follows the course of history. Each year the students learn to interpret, in the context of Western choral singing of the Faculty, the corresponding repertory according to the current history course.
MUSC315Choral Singing IV
1 credits
Choral singing closely follows the course of history. Each year the students learn to interpret, in the context of Western choral singing of the Faculty, the corresponding repertory according to the current history course.
MUSC230History of the 17th Century Music
2 credits
This course will consist of an investigation of the principal styles of European music from ancient Greece to the time of Bach and Handel. It will focus on a panoramic view of the main events, composers, genres, forms, schools, language and problems of music during those periods.
MUSC350History of the 18th Century Music
2 credits
This course opens on the years that mark the death of Jean­Sébastien Bach, the decline of the baroque era, with the dawn of the classical musical style. It deals with the following subjects: French (from 1661 to 1764) music, music of the Germanic countries around Bach and Handel, French music in the 18th century, the birth and diffusion of classicism in Polish music, music in Spain, the music in Italy from the death of Carissimi to the end of the eighteenth century, classicism in Austria and the German­speaking countries, from the death of Telemann to the death of Beethoven, the formation of the classical style in Europe and the classical masters Haydn and Mozart.
MUSC450History of the 19th Century Music
2 credits
This course explores the music of the Romantic era. 1 ­ Characteristics of Romantic music: themes of Romanticism, individuality of style, expressive subjects, nationalism and exoticism, the use of timbers to obtain a variety of sensations and atmospheres, the use of chromatic harmony, contrasts in nuances etc. 2. Vocal music, program music, the Romantic Symphony, the brief forms and developed forms. 3. Romantic composers: Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Smetana, Dvorak, Brahms, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Mahler.
MUSC220Music Critique I
1 credits
This course includes a guided reading and musical critique, taking in readings in the literature and the science of music. Each student will have to read a book (or chapters in a book) per semester and present the content to others. The criticism is about:
• Various reports and interviews, mainly in the field of contemporary musical creation.
• Conception, realization and animation of a series of programs devoted to classical, modern and contemporary music.
• A roundtable around musical works by various composers.
• A report on a festival and concerts presented as part of this festival.
• Leaflet of a compact disc, published flyers or texts in concert programs.
• Symposia concerning music and conferences contained therein.
MUSC225Music Critique II
1 credits
This course includes a guided reading and musical critique, taking in readings in the literature and the science of music. Each student will have to read a book (or chapters in a book) per semester and present the content to others. The criticism is about:
• Various reports and interviews, mainly in the field of contemporary musical creation.
• Conception, realization and animation of a series of programs devoted to classical, modern and contemporary music.
• A roundtable around musical works by various composers.
• A report on a festival and concerts presented as part of this festival.
• Leaflet of a compact disc, published flyers or texts in concert programs.
• Symposia concerning music and conferences contained therein.
MUSC320Music Critique III
1 credits
This course includes a guided reading and musical critique, taking in readings in the literature and the science of music. Each student will have to read a book (or chapters in a book) per semester and present the content to others. The criticism is about:
• Various reports and interviews, mainly in the field of contemporary musical creation.
• Conception, realization and animation of a series of programs devoted to classical, modern and contemporary music.
• A roundtable around musical works by various composers.
• A report on a festival and concerts presented as part of this festival.
• Leaflet of a compact disc, published flyers or texts in concert programs.
• Symposia concerning music and conferences contained therein.
MUSC325Music Critique IV
1 credits
This course includes a guided reading and musical critique, taking in readings in the literature and the science of music. Each student will have to read a book (or chapters in a book) per semester and present the content to others. The criticism is about:
• Various reports and interviews, mainly in the field of contemporary musical creation.
• Conception, realization and animation of a series of programs devoted to classical, modern and contemporary music.
• A roundtable around musical works by various composers.
• A report on a festival and concerts presented as part of this festival.
• Leaflet of a compact disc, published flyers or texts in concert programs.
• Symposia concerning music and conferences contained therein.
MUSC245Music Languages
2 credits
The goal of this course is to give the students a general idea about the evolution of musical language from its beginning to the twentieth century: the scale of harmonics; the cycle of fifths, consonance and attraction, tolerance, habituation, equalization, the formation of the scales, relative pitch and absolute pitch, the organization of the sounds in space and in time, the melodic order and the harmonic order, the chromatic scale; the irregular and altered scales; from ditonic scale to heptatonic scale; accuracy and the acoustic systems; the equal temperament.
MUSC435Musical Acoustics
2 credits
This course concentrates on: vibratory motion of typical musical sound sources, propagation of sound, wavelength, period and frequency, pressure and acoustic intensity, the acoustic impedance speed, etc.; perceived pitch, loudness and timbre of a sound; the objectively measurable properties of a sound wave; explaining how sound is generated - transformed by the musical instruments and the human voice; defining the reverberation time of a hall, using a formula relating reverberation time to the volume of the hall and the absorption of its surfaces, and discussing the acoustical properties desirable in concert halls and opera houses; microphones, amplifiers, speakers and sound captation acoustic treatment and correction.
MUSC340Musical Forms
2 credits
The examination of the form is a fundamental element of any analysis, because the form depends on the various components of a work, namely melody, rhythm, instrumentation, dynamics, tonal course, elements of unity and contrast ratio, relationship between text and music if it is a voice composition and other components. To understand musical forms, is to discern the sound architecture.
MUSC405Organology and instrumentation
2 credits
This course studies different musical instruments from antiquity to the present day, including the history, classifications, mechanics, acoustics, development, manufacturing, the different families of instruments, and helps deepen the concept of instrumentation and know the specificity of each instrument, in terms of timbre, register, transposition, combination of timbers, transcription, etc.
Specialization
CTP210Counterpoint I
2 credits
2 parts A. 1st and 2nd species (note against note and two against one) B. 3rd and 4th species (4 notes against one and syncopations) C. 5th species (Florid Counterpoint).
CTP220Counterpoint II
2 credits    |    Pré-requis: MPR301 Or MPR512 Or MPR363 Or CTP210
Counterpoint of 3 and 4 parts - A. Cp. to 3 parts, B. Cp. to 4 part,s C. Cp. Invertible.
CTP330Counterpoint III
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: MPR 302 Or MPR 522 Or MUP 463 Or CTP 220
Counterpoint of 3 and 4 parts - A. Cp. to 3 parts, B. Cp. to 4 parts, C. Cp. invertible
CTP440Counterpoint IV
4 credits    |    Pré-requis: MPR 303 Or MUP 563 Or CTP 330
The Fugue. A. The first elements of the fugue: exhibition, counter­exhibition, theme, answer. B. The second elements of the fugue (entertainment, strata, pedal), with analysis of Bach's fugues. C. Composition of two fugues: one on a given theme, the other on a new theme.
HRP330Harmony III
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: MPR 201 Or MPR 205 Or MUP 259 Or MUP 261 Or HRP 220
Given chant. A. - Chords of the Dominant 9th major and minor, with and without fundamental ­ Chords of the 7th in various species. B. ­ Alteration, Delays and Pedals. C. ­ The foreign notes: alteration, delays, pedals, notes of passage, anticipation, appoggiatura, etc.
HRP440Harmony IV
4 credits    |    Pré-requis: MPR 203 or MUP 459 or HRP 330
Harmonization in different styles: A. ­ Modal Harmony. B. -Jazz Harmony. C. ­ Harmony in different styles (from Baroque music to contemporary music).
CMU201Music Composition I
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: HRP 220
Composition of short melodies and songs with piano accompaniment, based on tonal harmony: use of 7th of dominant chords with melodic foreign notes (passing notes and cambiata).
CMU202Music Composition II
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: CMU 201
Composition of melodies and songs in different classic genres (dances, marches, chorales, etc.), using the resources of harmonic and contrapuntal technique.
CMU303Music Composition III
4 credits
Composition for instrumental and vocal in the modal harmony (Arabic music included), jazz and different styles of the Occidental repertoire. Composition for String Quartet in a free style (harmony, counterpoint, contemporary or mixture).
PNO304Piano IV
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: MPR403 Or MPR433 Or MUP301 Or PNO303
Exercises: ­ the little Pischna Scales: ­ major and minor arpeggios + inversions and in the opposite direction on 4 octaves + the third and tenth with arpeggios + chromatic range with reverse starting with each note.
Studies: ­ Moskowsky Op. 91 issue 1 ­ Czerny, "Study of velocity" (to choose 24 studies, either a single book or both)
Bach: ­"two­part Inventions" (at least 8 inventions) Pieces: ­ Mozart sonatas easy (N ° 5 k283, N ° 16 k545) ­ Haydn No. 2 in e minor No. 7 in d major No. 11 in g major No. 43 in c major (depending on the Edition Peters) ­ Beethoven No. 19 ­ 20 ­ Chopin : Waltz No. 3­6­10
Mazurka Op. 7 No 1 – 2
Op. 24 No 3, Op. 67 No 2 – 3 – 4, Op. 68 No.4 ­ Favorite classics, volume II and III ­ Debussy: the little Negro ­ Prokofiev: "Music for Children" op. 65 No. 4 ­ 9.
­Bartok: Mikrokosmos book IV ­ For Children book II To do:
2 complete sonatas (or 6 movements of the sonatas) and 6 pieces (Romantic and modern) or 1 whole Sonata and 8 pieces.
SDO304Solfeggio/Dictation IV
3 credits    |    Pré-requis: MPR223 Or MPR431 Or MUP357 Or SDO303
4th course
a­ Solfeggio parlati : ­ Pozzoli: secondo corso du n°1 au n°36.
b­ Solfeggio cantati: ­ Pozzoli: secondo corso du n°1 au n°28.
c­ Dictation : ­ Noël Gallon du n°61 au n°80. ­ Noël Gallon (2 voix) du n°1 au n°20.

Mission

The Department of Higher Specialized Music Education at USEK University is committed to preparing, inspire and motivating students for excellence in professional careers in performance, composition and training.
The Department provides a unique music culture and fosters the highest standards of teaching and supports the establishment of creative engagement through its own accomplishments, the work of its department members and staff and the achievement of its graduates.
The Department strives to meet the educational needs of its diverse students through instruction, performance, scholarship, and public service; and generates creative music activities that have local, national and international significance.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Graduates will meet standards of musical performance (through applied music studies, ensembles and master classes).
2. Graduates will demonstrate competence in content­based areas of music history and analysis, advanced theory and musicianship, and music technology.
3. Graduates will demonstrate competence in skill­based areas of ear training, sight singing, improvisation, composition and conducting.
4. Graduates will demonstrate a working knowledge (an appropriate level of technical and interpretative performance skills), repertory in their major and performing skills - completely and expressively and providing leadership as a soloist, and as a member of performing ensembles.
5. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to apply creative approaches to problem­solving and self­directed study, to conceive and realize musical programs and events.

Program Outcomes

a. Student will develop skills and understanding of music language and composition in a variety of styles, periods, and genres in both Western European tradition and Non­Western cultures.
b. Develop skills of criticism and defend musical judgment, with reference to contextual meaning and aesthetic value in their own work, and the work of others.
c. Develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Western musical history and its analysis, and for the Arab and Lebanese music traditions.
d. Develop technical skills and musical awareness for performance and leadership of both small and large choirs.
e. Develop knowledge and skills in the use of technology, as it applies to notating, arranging, recording, and composing music.
f. Develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of musical instruments, their classification systems, and the technical aspects related to their constructions and sound qualities and their use and importance in a composition.
g. Develop knowledge and understanding of a variety of music businesses and industry practices.
h. Develop a working knowledge of music as it relates to and enhances the theater and religious experience.
i. Develop an acute ability to hear, analyze, read, write, and harmonize music at a basic level.
j. Acquire sufficient understanding of advanced music theory, musical forms, processes, and structures, and use this knowledge in compositional and performance contexts.
k. Develop knowledge and skills on a major instrument or voice, and the ability to read at sight.
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