Honors ENGL110-083: Critical Reading and Writing

Composition and Improvisation: Writing about Music

Fall 2012
124 Memorial Hall
MWF 12:20-1:10
Syllabus: Syllabus for ENGL110-083 2012F

Instructor: Ray Peters
Office: Room 302, 186 S. College Ave.
Conference hours: 8-12 on TR and by appointment
Office telephone: (302) 831-8567
E-mail: rpeters@udel.edu
WWW: www.udel.edu/honors/rpeters
Writing Fellows Program: www.udel.edu/honors/writingfellows

Writing Fellows assigned to E110-083

Course description

E110 teaches the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills essential to success in college. As an E110 student, you will learn to develop your own ideas as you seek to understand, analyze, and thoughtfully respond to the written ideas of others. Simultaneously, you will write essays and reports in the approaches typically used in the academic world: exposition, analysis, argumentation, and research.

This course will explore writing about musical creativity. We will study the creative process of major composers (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky, George Gershwin, Ellington, Miles Davis, Coltrane, Mingus, Stephen Sondheim, Philip Glass, etc.) and songwriters (Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Lennon & McCartney, Joni Mitchell, etc.). We will read Best Music Writing 2011 (a wide variety of writing on rock, pop, hip-hop, and country), Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, and Geoff Dyer’s But Beautiful: A Book about Jazz. We will also listen to samples of the music under discussion. Students will write brief response papers, critical reviews, analytical essays, and a research paper examining the creative process in the work of a composer or musician of their choice.

Useful resources

For more information, contact rpeters@udel.edu.

Last updated: September 18, 2012