Poetics of Song
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: The Arts
Course Number: LMUS 3012
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Music Composition
  • Music History, Theory & Criticism
  • Poetry
This course explores song-writing from three perspectives: history, performance, and composition. The historical background covers case studies on music with lyrics from the medieval troubadours through Romantic art-song to the present day.The performance aspect involves attending and reviewing five selected song recitals and concerts in the city, or interviewing five contemporary singer-songwriters who perform in the city. Students also create a portfolio of original compositions by writing their own lyrics and music, setting existing poetry to music, collaborating with another member of the class as lyricist and composer, and adapting or arranging an existing song by another composer. Ability to sing or play an instrument, or the ability to read music notation.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.