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 advanced songwriters that focuses on higher-level topics such as Self Criticism, Rewriting and Co-Writing. Demonstrations of the practical use of technique and an understanding of the works of the most accomplished professional songwriters. Class is appropriate for advanced levels of songwriting competency.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. construct a complete song implementing techniques specific to accomplished professional songwriters
  2. re-compose a song adapting it to changes requested by the Instructor
  3. defend the technique they used in composing their weekly song assignment
  4. compose a complete song while functioning as a co-writer
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. Accomplished Songwriters
    1. What Makes Them Great
    2. What They All Share
    3. Great Songs from Different Modern Eras
    4. The Danger of Overwriting
  2. Rewriting and Self Criticism
    1. Too Easy on Oneself
    2. Too Hard on Oneself
    3. Techniques for Self Criticism
    4. Advanced Song Structure Choices
    5. When to Rewrite
    6. Rewriting techniques
  3. Humor
    1. Using Humor in Serious Songs
  4. Perspective
    1. Use of Change of Perspective in Rewriting
  5. Co-Writing Ground Rules
    1. Co-Writing Benefits
    2. Co-Writing Negatives
    3. Co-Writing Legal Guidelines
      1. When to Sign a Co-Writing Agreement
      2. How to Compose a Co-writing Agreement
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Song Writing Assignments
  2. Quizzes
  3. In Class Participation
  4. On-Line Participation
7. Representative Text(s) -
Reading material is created by the Instructor and delivered online.

8. Disciplines -
Commercial Music
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration, Quizzes.
10. Lab Content -
Laboratory activities are provided in which the students can demonstrate, defend and apply their advanced understanding of songwriting including but not limited to appraising the work of Songwriting Masters, distinguishing great songs from mediocre songs and having the ability to defend their opinion and Co-Writing. The students create a approximately a song per week focusing on the application of songwriting lessons. These Lab Song Assignments are presented in class the following week. The students songs are then evaluated, commented on and graded 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 multi-media lessons created by the instructor and delivered via Etudes.
  2. Writing assignments include but are not limited to:
    1. Writing a complete song in the style of a Master
    2. Writing a completed song with a fellow student
    3. Write a complete song about a journey
    4. Re-Write an early song submission and explain why you made the changes you did and why it's a better song now.
13. Need/Justification -
This is a restricted support course for the AA degree in Music Technology.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-09 07:27:57

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines