Fall 2019 - CA 145 D100

Introduction to Music Composition and Theory (3)

Class Number: 9860

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    GCA 4350, GOLDCORP

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 104. Students who have completed a music theory/notation course at another institution but who have not received transfer credit as CA (or FPA) 104 should seek a clearance/prerequisite waiver from the department.



This course introduces basic concepts of music composition such as melody and pitch organization, harmony, rhythm and form. The fundamental principles of theory and acoustics (e.g. voice-leading, overtone structure, metre) will be studied with particular reference to composition. Students will compose short works within given guidelines that address specific compositional issues. Students with credit for FPA 145 may not take this course for further credit.


  • Active Participation + Critical Engagement 15%
  • Listening Journal + Small Assignments 40%
  • Miniature Sketch w Found Sounds 10%
  • Sketches Portfolio 20%
  • Composition 15%



- Growth over the course of the term

- Originality / creativity
- Dimensionality (attention to multiple facets of a work that could include time, form, colour,

density, pacing, concept, pitch, rhythm, orchestration, or other aspects unique to the work) - Attention to detail (both creative and practical)
- Scoring (functionality of score and parts to achieve desired outcomes)



- Each un-excused absence lowers your grade by a full degree (A becomes A-). - 3 late arrivals to class of tutorial of 5 minutes or more equals one absence.

Thursday Colloquia Guest Artist Talks:

Sep 19th 10:30-12:30 — Bekah Simms
Sep 26th 10:30-12:30 — Camilo Mendez
Oct 17th 10:30-12:30 — Mark Fell
Nov 14th 10:30-12:30 — Okkyung Lee

Music + Sound Festival - Dec 2nd, 3rd, 4th (3 evening shows)
2 Live Events (Instructor suggested and/or approved)

Registrar Notes:

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