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Music program to be launched in fall, new courses offered

The M.U.M. Review
Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA
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5 June 2010

A newly revamped music program will be launched this fall, with courses on topics such as songwriting and music technology, and faculty that will include renowned musicians from New York City and the University of Michigan.

The program is beginning with a 20-credit minor being offered in the 2010/11 academic year, with plans for expanding to a major in the future.

The program hopes to accommodate the wide range of musical interests among the students, ranging from composing to performance to creating music digitally.

Visiting faculty who are helping to structure the program and who will teach courses include Donald Sosin, who has played the piano on Broadway, taught songwriting around the U.S., composed dozens of film scores, received commissions for orchestral compositions, and achieved international recognition for his piano accompaniments for silent films.

Also contributing will be Ed Sarath, professor of music in the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan. He has performed on trumpet at jazz festivals worldwide. His most recent CD, New Beginnings, features the London Jazz Orchestra performing his large-ensemble compositions. His book Music Theory Through Improvisation: A New Approach to Musicianship Training is published by Routledge.

Jane Roman Pitt is an award-winning composer of choral music and a singer-songwriter who has recorded and coproduced four albums.

Courses scheduled for the 2010/11 academic year include A New Approach to Music Theory, The Artistry of Songwriting, Music Appreciation, Creative Music Technology, Musicianship Across Cultures, and Music, Consciousness, and Veda.

The music program will also arrange for ongoing performance instruction with qualified musicians in the region. This will include individual and group lessons, as well as choral groups and other ensembles.

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