Brass Courses

Brass Quintet

ENBR-321

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course chair
Department: BRASS

A brass quintet that performs a mixture of traditional and 20th-century music. Instrumentation: two trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba.

Brass Playing Singing

ENBR-336

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BRASS

This course is designed to focus on vocal performance for brass principals. Students may or may not have experience as vocalists. All classes will be geared towards the styles the individuals are interested in, emphasizing both singing and playing. Students will be asked to learn and perform new songs each week with the main emphasis being on the selection of correct keys, tempos, and styles. There will be a comparative analysis between vocal and instrumental phrasing, improvisation, and physiology. Students will also be exposed to performers who have been recognized and respected as both singers and horn players.

Trombone Ensemble 1

ENBR-P172

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Trombone principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BRASS

In this course trombonists will develop a viable practice routine as it pertains to ensemble playing in all the relevant styles for that instrument. They will learn to better perform together in all relevant idioms and styles. They will learn to transition between idioms and styles with improved control and skill.

Trombone Ensemble 2

ENBR-P272

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Trombone principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BRASS

In this advanced ensemble trombonists will develop a viable practice routine as it pertains to ensemble playing in all the relevant styles for the instrument. They will learn to better perform together in all relevant idioms and styles. They will learn to transition between idioms and styles with improved control and skill.

Brass Lab – Reading 1

ILBR-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BRASS

The goal of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211 is to prepare the entering brass student for the college ensemble program. Emphasis on reading studies in a variety of styles.

Brass Lab – Reading 2

ILBR-112

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-111
Department: BRASS

The goal of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211 is to prepare the entering brass student for the college ensemble program. Emphasis on reading studies in a variety of styles.

Brass Improvisation Lab 1

ILBR-121

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BRASS

This course presents the basics of jazz improvisation on blues forms in easy keys. In addition to learning to improvise on these sets of changes, the student will also memorize a basic set of appropriate tunes.

Brass Improvisation Lab 2

ILBR-122

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-121 or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: BRASS

This course presents the basics of jazz improvisation on simple diatonic song forms in easy keys. In addition to learning to improvise on these sets of changes, the student will also memorize a basic set of appropriate tunes.

Brass Lab – Reading 3

ILBR-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-112
Department: BRASS

The goal of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211 is to prepare the entering brass student for the college ensemble program. Emphasis on reading studies in a variety of styles.

Advanced Brass Reading Lab

ILBR-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-211 or overall ensemble rating 4
Department: BRASS

Advanced Brass Reading Lab is designed for those brass students who have an overall ensemble rating of 4, and new students who demonstrate moderate-to-advanced reading skills. The material covered is a continuation of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211, and focuses on developing the advanced reading skills required in contemporary music.

Brass Improvisation Lab 3

ILBR-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-122 or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: BRASS

This course continues the materials presented in ILBR-121 and ILBR-122, and applies them to improvising on blues forms and diatonic song forms in more advanced keys. In addition to learning to improvise on these sets of changes, the student will also memorize a basic set of appropriate tunes.

Advanced Brass Improvisation Lab

ILBR-222

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: BRASS

Advanced Brass Improvisation Lab is designed for those brass students who have an overall ensemble rating of 4, and new students who demonstrate moderate-to-advanced improvisational skills. The material covered is a continuation of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211, and focuses on developing the advanced improvisational abilities required in contemporary music.

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