A wide knowledge of musical cultures can add depth and flavor to compositions in any genre, and is a key component to writing effectively for film, television, and commercials. The ability to evoke another time or place through the use of specific musical elements is a vital professional skill for any writer.
World Music Composition Styles is designed to give you a compositional toolkit of world music concepts and ideas that can be used as a starting point for composing in world styles or for spicing up your own music with world flavor. This course will focus on compositional elements in a variety of genres from around the world, including Ireland, Spain, Turkey, Mali, India, Japan, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, and Australia. It examines the defining characteristics of what differentiates one genre or style of music from another through comparison and extensive analysis of melody, ornamentation, rhythm, harmony, timbre, tempo, and instrumentation. The course takes an in-depth look at the classification of instruments in each style, how they are categorized by type, body shape, and material, how sound is initiated, and how they are played.
The course also includes a technology component designed to teach you best practices in world music production using your digital audio workstation. At the end of each lesson, you will be asked to create and sequence a short composition of music inspired by the style of the country covered.
By the end of this course, you’ll have a much broadened your exposure to different musical styles, and the necessary skills to incorporate these styles effectively into your own compositions.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
recognize characteristics of rhythm, melody, ornamentation, time signature, harmony, and instrumentation in different world music styles
identify and classify instruments into major categories and sub-categories, including instrument shape, material, and sound initiation
analyze world music styles using defining characteristics
apply production tips and techniques in the sequencing of world music match-ups using a sample library
create a fusion piece using characteristic elements and instruments of different styles