Composition: Song Writing and Historical Perspectives

Unit code: 9733

Description: In the first of four progressive composition units, Composition: Songwriting and Historical Perspectives introduces the student to popular song writing: its conventions and techniques. The unit focuses on the analytical study and practical implementation of contemporary music genres, key artists and their songs. The unit promotes an impartial approach to musical styles, focusing instead on the analysis of the musical elements that define them. It aims to develop an understanding of the contextual nature of contemporary song writing and composition and identify key historical, cultural and technological reference points that define contemporary music. Finally, the unit incorporates basic applications in music production and music technologies and so provides the foundation for further study in composition. This unit is designed to complement Performance: Commercial music and Musicianship: Contextualising the contemporary, with its focus on contemporary music genres.