HONORS 493 - College Honors Seminar
Section: 002 Singing Out of Our Minds: A Songwriting Workshop
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Permission of instructor or of the Honors Director.
Other Course Info:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course is a songwriting workshop designed to foster student songwriting through the creation and performance of new work, the exploration of the songwriting art itself, and exposure to the masters of the American singer/songwriting tradition.

Most of our time will be spent in workshop mode. Every two weeks a new song will be brought to class to be performed. After the performance, a discussion of the work will be invited. Half the class will be responsible for bringing in their songs one week, the other half for bringing in theirs the next. The song topics will be both self-directed and suggested by class activity. We’ll delve into lyric, melody, rhythm and the creative process.

Class time will also be spent listening to and critiquing some of the best work of the great modern American singer/songwriters, along with songwriting examples from its antecedents — American roots blues, pop, jazz, country, and folk. The purpose of this endeavor will be to expand personal songwriting boundaries and to develop a language for describing the makings of a good song.

During the course of the semester working singer/songwriters will be invited to perform for the class, offering students different perspectives on songwriting. If a particularly good songwriter comes to the The Ark, some funds will be available for a class excursion.

At the end of the course there will be a student concert, open to friends, family and the public. The concert will be recorded.

Suggested Guidelines: This course would be well-suited for people who have had some experience with music and song-writing or poetry and are comfortable with the idea of performing new work for their peers.

Being able to accompany oneself on guitar or keyboards will be very helpful, although if they want the class to perform their songs, that would work as well. We’ll try to develop networking possibilities to connect singer/songwriters with musicians to accompany them.

Grading: While performance skills will be honed throughout the semester, an individual’s performing ability (voice quality, musicianship etc.) will not be considered in grading. Individual songs will not be graded either.

Final evaluations will focus on classroom participation and a broad appraisal of student effort in their own songwriting process.

HONORS 493 - College Honors Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
1LSA Hnrs
TuTh 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: meets with EECS 594.001, Psych447.003, Psych808.010 This section is NOT a mini-course and meets all term for 3 credits.
002 (SEM)
20LSA Hnrs
W 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Note: This class will be Dick Siegel's "Singing Out of Our Minds:" A Songwriting Workshop.
003 (SEM)
6LSA Hnrs
MW 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Note: Mini-course, 1 credit, meets in Art & Architecture Building 2216. Meets w/ArtDes 301.001, InstHum 411.001 from 3/8-4/7. Registration for Honors part of course will be by application in 1330 Mason.
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