MUS 15
The Contemporary Singer/Songwriter Winter 2024

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This course will focus on learning how to write and perform songs in classical contemporary style. Song styles that will be addressed include pop, rock, blues, country, folk and jazz. Topics addressed will include the evolution of song structure, how to create a lyric that communicates, vocal and instrument presentation, recording and performing techniques, publicity for events, and today’s music industry. This class will culminate in a public performance of material written during the course. To successfully pass this course, students are required to create, edit, perform and possibly record two original songs in one of the above-mentioned genres. These songs must be conceived during the course period (previously written material is not usable.) Students will be guided to create both music and lyrics. They may also be required to participate in a co-write session. One of these songs will be presented during the final performance, preferably by the student. Attendance at classes, feedback sessions, recording studio sessions, and final presentation is mandatory. Please note: this class meets more than six hours weekly. A short writing assignment will be passed in on the last day of class.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 10
Expected: N/A
Class#: 1225
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Paper(s) or report(s); Presentation(s); Performance(s); Creative project(s)
Prerequisites: No prerequisites.
Enrollment Preferences: Students are encouraged to write to the professor about their musical background.
Unit Notes: Bernice Lewis is the Artist Associate in Songwriting at Williams College and faculty at Schreiner University's Songkeepers' Program. An accomplished singer/songwriter, producer and international touring artist for almost four decades.
Materials/Lab Fee: $43
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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