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Musicianship

MUS100A , MUS100B, MUS200A and MUS200B
Ear Training and Sight-Singing
3 credits, 3 hours lecture/lab

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

MUS300A and MUS300B
Advanced Musicianship
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.

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 addressing voicings, voice leading, soloing and comping, as applied to standard jazz repertoire. Useful for composing and arranging. Prerequisites: MUS101 or consent of instructor.

MUS102
Individual Tutorial
Elective — 1 credit, 1 hour lecture/lab
Individual supplemental instruction in a wide range of areas including but not limited to musicianship, theory, harmony, composition, arranging and history. Students may take up to 8 elective credits of MUS102. Please note: MUS102 is not a substi- tute for instrumental or Vocal Private Instruction, or for core muscianship or jazz theory classes.

MUS103A, MUS103B, MUS203A and MUS203B
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 the corresponding musicianship class; highly recommended for drummers and vocalists.

MUS104
Drum Set Technique for Non-Drummers
Elective — 2 credits, 2 hours lecture/lab
Basic drum set technique as applied to jazz and related styles of music. All instruments and voice.

MUS110
V
ocal 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 interpret- ing 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 facility 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.
An acoustic guitar (played with a pick) is required.

MUS209A and MUS209B
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.

MUS150
Introduction to North Indian Tabla
Elective — 2 credits, 2 hours lecture/lab
An introductory course focusing on proper posture, tone production and hand and finger techniques required for the practice of Indian percussion. Students learn the fundamentals of North Indian rhythmic concepts through exercises and classical compositions, and master complex Indian rhythmic cycles through the recitation of vocal percussion syllables. Soloing, arranging, and compositional concepts are also applied to jazz and other styles of music.
Prerequisites: Open to instrumentalists and vocalists. Students must own or rent tabla. Tabla may be purchased or rented from the Ali Akbar College Store in Berkeley (aacmstore.org)

MUS250
North Indian Music Fundamentals Through Voice
Elective — 2 credits, 2 hours lecture/lab
A general overview of the styles, forms and practices of the traditional North Indian vocal tradi- tion. Open to both vocalists and instrumentalists, this course includes participatory singing, familiar- ization with the Indian solfège system, exploration of the melodic concepts of raga, and the rhythmic concepts of tala. Prerequisites: Musicianship 100B.

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 theirrespective personal styles. Tech- niques include odd meters, linear drumming, funk independence and the all-important ghost notes.

MUS190A and MUS190B
Y
oga for Musicians
Elective — 1 credit, 1 hours lab
A course for musicians to strengthen mind, body and spirit. Warm-ups, stretches and posture 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.

MUS191
Alexander Technique
Elective — 2 credits, 2 hours lecture/lab
A hands-on introduction to the Alexander Technique, a method used by musicians worldwide 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.

MUS204
The Application of Eurhythmics to Jazz Repertoire
Elective — 2 credits, 2 hours lecture/lab
Interpreting distinct rhythmic and melodic aspects of select repertoire through coordinated physical movement and the voice. Instrumentalists and vocalists gain a deeper understanding of the rhythmic and melodic underpinnings of significant jazz and related repertoire to facilitate performance. Note: students are advised to wear comfortable clothing to class.

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