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Introduction to Music Composition

New Online Summer Programs

Faculty: Mauricio Rodriguez, composer
Ages: 13 – 18
When: June 15 – July 3, 2020; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Tuition: $325
Application Deadline: June 1
Requirements:  Ability to read music; understanding of major and minor scales, intervals and chord construction; minimum of two years experience with a musical instrument. No previous composition experience needed. Materials and downloadable sources will be provided by the instructor.

Explore your inner composer in this introductory course. Apply the principles of harmony to create beautiful chord progressions, compose amazing melodies and sticky rhythms to play them in your computer, at the piano, or in your preferred music instrument. This course, offered through a secure supervised Zoom meeting, also includes an introduction to computer notation software to write and share your own composed music.


Mauricio Rodriguez earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition by Stanford University, a master’s in Sonology by Royal Conservatory The Hague in The Netherlands, and a bachelor’s in composition, piano, and ethnomusicology by University of Mexico. His music is frequently played in the Americas and Europe. He has been artist in residence at Arteles Center Finland, University of California Santa Cruz, International Centre for Composers Sweden, Xenakis Centre Paris, Royaumont France, and Cuban Institute of Art. He is an artistic fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts of Mexico.