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This page is dedicated to the work of select students in Professor Jonathan Pieslak’s Popular Music Composition Course (Music 43100).

In this course, student assignments consist of model compositions of particular artists or genres. Typically, students have one week in which to compose and record formal sections of a song, most often a verse and chorus, although some students elect to compose complete songs. All assignments are turned in as CDs. The other music you will hear is from students' final projects, which are completed songs of any contemporary style representing a more finished product than the weekly assignments.

The following students were part of the Popular Music Composition course offered in the Spring of 2008 and Spring of 2009.

Adele Ademola
Complete Song
Artist modeled: Contemporary Pop

Complete Song
Artist modeled: Contemporary Rock/Pop

Final Project
Contemporary Rock/Pop

Adele is a student of the BFA in Sonic Arts program.

Ryan DeGrandy
Complete Song
Artist modeled: Led Zeppelin
Verse and Chorus
Artist modeled: Johnny Cash/Country
Final Project
Complete Song
Ryan is a BA in Music Major.

Janet Na
Verse and Chorus
Artist modeled: The Bee Gees
Verse and Chorus
Artist modeled: Norah Jones
Verse and Chorus
Artist modeled: Britney Spears
Janet is a 2008 graduate of the BFA in Sonic Arts program.

Sean Nerney
Verse and Chorus
Artist modeled: Simon and Garfunkel

Complete Song
Artist modeled: Contemporary Acoustic

Complete Song
Artist modeled: Contemporary Pop (Singer/Songwriter)

Final Project
Complete Song

Sean is an alumnus of the BFA in Sonic Arts Program.

Georgios Pesios
Verse and Chorus
Artist modeled: Johnny Cash/Elvis
Complete Song
Artist modeled: 1980s Pop
Complete Song
Artist modeled: Contemporary Pop
(Singer/Songwriter)
Complete Song
Artist modeled: Contemporary Pop
(Singer/Songwriter)
Georgios is a 2008 graduate of the BFA in Sonic Arts program.

Robert Studley
Complete Song
Artist modeled: Contemporary Pop
Complete Song
Artist modeled: Contemporary Pop

Complete Song
Artist modeled: 'N Sync

Robert is a 2009 graduate of the BA in Music.

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Popular Music Studies
Jonathan Pieslak
Shepard Hall, Rm. 72
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

P | (212) 650-7665
F | (212) 650-5428
E | jpieslak@ccny.cuny.edu

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