Course Syllabus

Music 212, Fall 2009
Tuesday 6:30-9:20 pm
Music and Media Building, Room 316
University of California, Irvine

Professor Christopher Dobrian
Music and Media 211, x7288

Office hours by appointment.

Course Description:
Structured projects in instrumental composition based on studies using specific compositional techniques. The goal is to develop effective personal technique and methodology in composition, while establishing a process of creative experimentation.

Course Requirements:
Completion of several short technical composition studies as assigned. Completion of one movement, approximately five minutes in duration, for solo instrument and piano, with a score produced by midterm and a recording produced by the end of the term. Completion of one movement, approximately five minutes in duration, for small chamber ensemble (three or more players), with a score produced by the end of the term.


Grading for the course will be based on timely completion of all the course requirements. Since every assignment is considered a vital part of the educational experience of the course, serious and high quality work is expected at all times. Grading will be based on:

  1. Assigned exercises to learn specific composing concepts and techniques (20%),
  2. Midterm solo instrument and piano composition project (20%),
  3. Final solo instrument and piano recording (20%),
  4. Final chamber music composition project (30%), and
  5. Participation in class work and rehearsals (10%).

Important Dates:
Monday, November 2 - Midterm composition due
Wednesday, November 4 - GEMSeries: Steve Lehman
Wednesday, November 18 - GEMSeries: Gloria Cheng
Monday, December 7 - Final composition project due; Recording of solo project due

Final Critique:
The final critique will be held during the final exam week, at a time to be announced. Participation is required.

Regarding Academic Integrity:
Collaboration between students in this course is strongly encouraged. Students are urged to exchange ideas, opinions, and information constantly, and to help each other with the composition and performance of their technical exercises and creative projects. Plagiarism of any kind is in direct violation of University policy on Academic Honesty, and penalties for plagiarism can be severe. In this class you will be expected to attribute due credit to the originator of any ideas, words, or music that you incorporate into your own work.

Christopher Dobrian
September 29, 2009