Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 12/9;1/11;11/11;11/14/12

1. Description -
Workshop course for beginning songwriters that focuses on basic songwriting styles and techniques. Different songwriting basic methods are presented. Students are assigned weekly songwriting projects. Class is appropriate for basic levels of songwriting competency.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. compare modern basic songwriting styles
  2. write at least partial original songs with lyrics and/or melody
  3. evaluate songs in a collaborative writing atmosphere
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus:
    1. Classroom with digital recording system for student feedback.
    2. Projection system for video and multimedia content.
    3. Basic Sound reinforcement system for in-class performances.
    4. Drums and amplifiers.
    5. Grand piano.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access:
    1. On-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
    2. Email address.
    3. Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Basics of Songwriting
    1. The Importance of Being Prolific
    2. How the Creative Process Starts
    3. The Importance of Experience
    4. Versatility
  2. Practical Matters
    1. Finding the Time
    2. A Place to Create
    3. Recording the Sketch of a Song
    4. Recycling Partial Songs
    5. The Skill of Observation
  3. Basic Songwriting Techniques
    1. Creating Titles
    2. Opening Lines and Songwriting "Hammers"
    3. First Verse Technique
    4. Second Verse Technique
    5. Creating a Song Outline
    6. Working Backwards in Songwriting
    7. Taking a Cinematic Approach
    8. Whether to write Lyrics or Melody First
    9. The Definition of 'Furniture' in Songwriting
    10. The Importance of Vocabulary
    11. Basic Rhyming Schemes
    12. Idea Collection
    13. The Use of Cliches
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Weekly Songwriting Assignments
  2. Quizzes
  3. In class participation
  4. On-line participation in Forums
7. Representative Text(s) -
When taught via Foothill Global Access: supplemental lectures, and assignments are delivered via Email. Feedback is delivered via email. Class Discussion takes place in online Forums and Chat Rooms.

8. Disciplines -
Commercial Music
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Oral presentations
  4. Laboratory
  5. Demonstration
  6. Quizzes
10. Lab Content -
Laboratory activities are provided for students to practice and apply their knowledge of songwriting demonstrating their understanding of the subject.
To accomplish this the student is required to compose at minimum partial song on a weekly basis outside of the classroom. These partial songs are then evaluated, commented on and given credit for by the instructor.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments include lessons created by the instructor and available via Etudes
  2. Writing assignments include but not limited to:
    1. Writing a song or partial song from a second and third person perspective
    2. Writing a song or partial song based on the observation of strangers
    3. Writing a song or partial song using 3 chords or less
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree and Certificate of Achievement in Music Technology.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-09 07:26:54

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines