Monday, April 27, 2009

What now?

Now that the winter semester (2009) course is over, my blogging frequency will decrease drastically until the next course begins (in the fall of 2009), but I will post occasionally during the summer. I sometimes find it helpful to work out work out composition-related thoughts by writing, so even if no one reads the posts, there is some value in the exercise.

Feel free to check in periodically; with any luck there will be something new from time to time. Enjoy a restful and productive summer!


Hi all, I just finished several marathon days of marking, and handed in marks for the course. Please pick up your scores from the box outside my door at your earliest convenience; I spent a fair bit of time writing critiques of everyone's compositions, so I hope you have the chance to read them, and that you find them useful.

If you are out of town and want me to send your critique to you electronically, please E-mail me and let me know.

Have a great summer!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Please Submit Recordings

Please send me an MP3 MIDI recording of your second composition I mentioned it in our last class (and it is listed as a requirement in the course outline), so I bring it up it here as a gentle reminder. (ASAP, please.)

Here is the course evaluation procedure, followed by information about participation in the class blog (which is what you are reading now) and your weekly journals, all taken from the course outline:
  • Class participation 9%
  • Blog participation: 8%
  • On-line Journal: 8%
  • Weekly compositional preparedness: 25%
  • 2 Compositions: 50%
3) Blog participation marks are earned by commenting on, or joining a discussion about, blog entries posted by your instructor. 10 reasonably thoughtful comments will get you full marks.

4) The On-line Journal is your weekly record of (a) class/instructor feedback received, and (b) your brief reaction to it (and any other thoughts you may have about your own composition process). It can be in point form, and need not be more than a paragraph every week.

Some have asked how many journal entries are needed, and while the answer is relatively clear from the above (i.e., one for every week), to make things simpler for all I will set the number at 9. The only thing to add is that it is not too late to post to this blog or your journal; I will make Tuesday, April 14, 5 PM the deadline for doing so, so anything you post before then will be counted.