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Musicianship

MuS100A

Ear training and Sight-Singing
3 credits, 3 hours lecture/lab

The first in a four-semester course designed to develop aural and visual perception of rhythmic, melodic and harmonic components of music. Course material is jazz-based.

MuS100B

3 credits

A continuation of MUS100A.

MuS200A

3 credits

A continuation of MUS100B.

MuS200B

3 credits

A continuation of MUS200A.

MuS300A

Advanced Ear training and Sight Singing

Elective — 3 credits, 3 hours lecture/lab

A continuation of MUS200B. Designed to further develop aural and visual perception of advanced rhythmic, melodic and harmonic material. Includes sight singing, sight reading, rhythm, interval and chord recognition, and transcription. Prerequisites: MuS200B.

MuS300B

3 credits

A continuation of MUS300A.

MuS101

Keyboard Proficiency

— Piano for Non-Pianists

1 credit, 1 hour lecture/lab

Entry-level keyboard technique for non-pianists covering scales, reading and playing basic repertoire. Serves as prerequisite for MUS201.

MuS201

Keyboard Proficiency

— Jazz Piano for Non-Pianists

1 credit, 1 hour lecture/lab

An introduction to jazz piano technique ad- dressing voicings, voice leading, soloing and comping, as applied to standard jazz reper- toire. Useful for composing and arranging. Prerequisites: MuS101 or consent of instructor.

MuS103A

Supplemental Musicianship Skills

Elective — 1 credit, 2 hours lab

A supplement to MUS100A, a course designed to strengthen musicianship skills.

Suggested prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MuS100A; highly recommended for drummers and vocalists.

MuS103B

Elective — 1 credit, 2 hours lab

A supplement to MUS100B, a course designed to strengthen musicianship skills.

Suggested prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MuS100B; highly recommended for drummers and vocalists.

MuS203A

Elective — 1 credit, 2 hours lab

A supplement to MUS200A, a course designed to strengthen musicianship skills. Suggested prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MuS200A; highly recommended for drummers and vocalists.

MuS203B

Elective — 1 credit, 2 hours lab

A supplement to MUS200B, a course designed to strengthen musicianship skills.

Suggested prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MuS200B; highly recommended for drummers and vocalists.

MuS105

Drum Set technique for Non-Drummers

Elective — 2 credits, 2 hour lecture/lab Basic drum set technique as applied to jazz and related styles of music. All instruments and voice.

MuS110

Vocal technique for Instrumentalists

Elective — 1 credit, 1 hour lecture/lab An introduction to vocal technique and song interpretation. Repertoire includes the Great American Songbook and standard and contemporary jazz. Covers basic stage presence and microphone technique.

Instrumentalists may take up to 2 credits of Vocal Technique for Instrumentalists.

MuS202

Sight Reading Workshop

Elective — 1 credit, 2 hours lab

A lab focusing on developing sight reading skills relevant to the jazz music genre. Open to instrumentalists and vocalists.

MuS205

Chart Reading Workshop for drummers

3 credits, 3 hours lecture/lab

A hands-on workshop for drummers designed to develop proficiency in sight reading and interpreting standard lead sheets and drum charts for both large and small ensemble. Students work with pre-recorded jazz, funk, Latin, pop, rock, fusion and show arrangements. Covers articulations, set-ups, fills, tempo modulation, negotiating stick changes and utilizing the click track. Required texts: Progressive Steps to Syncopation by Ted Reed; Modern Reading Text in 4/4 by Louis Bellson

and Gil Breinnes. Recommended text: Studio and Big Band Reading by Steve Houghton.

MuS207

double Bass ensemble Workshop

Elective — 2 credits, 2 hours lecture/lab

A course designed to develop technical facil- ity through select repertoire for double bass ensemble.

MuS208

Gypsy Jazz Guitar Style and technique

2 credits, 2 hours lecture/lab

Analysis and practical application of the stylistic and technical aspects of gypsy jazz guitar style from Django Reinhardt to the present. Prerequisites: an acoustic guitar (played with a pick).

MuS209A

Practical Applications for the Rhythm Section

Elective — 2 credits, 2 hours lecture/lab

A two-semester hands-on, interactive course for pianists, guitarists, bassists and drummers focusing on rhythmic considerations relevant to the rhythm section. Course covers the role of the individual and the rhythm section as a credit as applied to jazz, Afro-Caribbean, South American and World music styles past and present.

MuS209B

2 credits, 2 hours lecture/lab

A continuation of MUS209A

 

MuS250

North Indian Music Fundamentals through Voice

Elective — 2 credits, 2 hours lecture/lab

A general overview of the styles, forms and practices of traditional North Indian music. The class includes participatory singing,

familiarization with the Indian solfège system, exploration of the melodic concepts of raga, and the rhythmic concepts of tala. All students are expected to participate in the pedagogical and performance requirements of the North Indian vocal tradition.

 

MuS308

Drum Grooves and Solos in Odd Meters

Elective — 2 credits, 2 hours lecture/lab

A class focusing on grooves and solos over odd and mixed meters as applied to jazz and funk genres. Students study approaches embodied by groups including Dave Brubeck, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Dave Holland, Sting, Brad Mehldau and the Pat Metheny Group among others.

 

MuS309

Fusion Drumming Styles and techniques

Elective — 2 credits, 2 hours lecture/lab Fusion drumming styles and techniques from the sixties to the present. Students learn the stylistic and technical approaches utilized by fusion masters Tony Williams, Steve Gadd, Dave Garibaldi, Bernard Purdie, Peter Erskine, Billy Cobham, Clyde Stubblefield, Alex Acuna, Steve Smith among others who blended the power of rock, the syncopation of funk and the finesse and technique of jazz into their respective personal styles. Techniques include odd meters, linear drumming, funk indepen- dence and the all-important ghost notes.

 

MuS190A

yoga for Musicians

Elective — 1 credit, 1 hours lab

A course for musicians to strengthen mind, body and spirit. Warm-ups, stretches and pos- ture exercises alleviate the aches and pains that can result from playing; breathing techniques increase lung capacity and reduce stress; and meditation eases performance anxiety and promotes greater awareness of the moment.

MUS190B

Elective — 1 credit, 1 hours lab

A continuation of MUS190A

MuS191

Alexander technique

Elective — 2 credits, 2 hour lecture / lab A hands-on introduction to the Alexander Technique, a method used by musicians world- wide to prevent and resolve playing-related injuries, pain and/or stage fright. Inappropriate muscular tension and unconscious habits of misuse can interfere with technical facility, sound quality, freedom of expression and the joy of playing music. The Alexander Technique enables instrumentalists and vocalists to develop poise and ease of movement in practice and performance.

 

 

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