Music Composition

Excerpt of percussion solo score, including notation for various instruments and techniques.

Excerpt from the score for student composition Limit One Per Cussion by Joy Perkinson. See the projects page for the complete score, and additional scores and recordings of student compositions. (Image courtesy of Joy Perkinson. Used with permission.)


MIT Course Number

21M.351 / 21M.505

As Taught In

Fall 2008


Undergraduate / Graduate

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This course features downloadable mp3 music files on the listening and projects pages.

Course Description

This course features directed composition of larger forms of original writing involving voices and/or instruments. It includes a weekly seminar in composition for the presentation and discussion of work in progress. Students are expected to produce at least one substantive work, performed in public, by the end of the term. Contemporary compositions and major works from 20th-century music literature are studied.

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Peter Child. 21M.351 Music Composition. Fall 2008. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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