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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.

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.

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.

Introduction to Mallet Percussion
1 credit, 1 hour lecture/lab
A hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of mallet percussion technique. Topics covered include basic types and styles of strokes, bar placement, and vibraphone pedaling and dampening, as applied to both two- and fourmallet playing. Prerequisites: MUS101 or equivalent. No prior stick
technique required.

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 substitute for instrumental or Vocal Private Instruction, or for core musicianship or jazz theory course requirements.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

Brazilian Jazz Guitar Styles and Techniques
Elective — 2 credits, 2 hours lecture/lab
The intersection of various styles of Brazilian music (samba, bossa nova, baião, frevo and choro among others) with jazz and their application to the guitar. Open to all guitarists: acoustic and electric, nylon and steel string, pick and fingerstyle.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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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