This course continues where Contemporary Music Performance I leaves off, but can be taken as an individual course for those who have some music background. This course focuses on helping students develop a deeper understanding of popular music and jazz by having the opportunity to experience the creation of music first hand - as a musician and composer. After reviewing the basics of music theory and working on strengthening musicianship skills, students have the opportunity to write, rehearse, and perform, original ensemble pieces on a weekly basis. The principle course goal is for each student to be able to conceive of, compose, and perform original contemporary pieces of music in a wide range of pop and jazz idioms. The class meets in a professional fully equipped music studio where students have access to a variety of musical instruments and equipment, and culminates with a public recital of musical works written and performed by students.