Invention and African Song Cycle Writing

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Course Code: 
MUS 2201
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Academic Programs: 
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

Prerequisite to this course is MUS 2104. This course offers skills that would enable students to compos in styles of Ugandan ethnic and Western art music. Attention is directed to writing the development and conclusion of a two-part invention in the style of J S Bach.  This course is both theoretical and practical; students are assessed through continuous exercises based on the theoretical orientations. Students are also enhanced in skills of writing poems in a Ugandan language and setting them to music as well as writing for idiophones as the accompaniment. At the end of the semester, students are to present two original compositions of inventions, which must have been supervised throughout year two.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Objectives: 

  • To equip students with advanced skill in writing inventions focusing on the development and concluding sections
  • To equip students with skills to write a complete invention
  • To develop further students’ skills of writing a poem in a Ugandan language and set it to music with an accompaniment of an idiophone instrument


Learning Outcomes: 
  • Ability to write a middle section and ending of a two-part invention
  • Ability to write for percussion instruments of an orchestra
  • Ability to write melodic idiophone ethnic instruments from Uganda
  • Submission of well-written composition projects
African Song Cycle Writing
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