Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

Introduction to Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Drum Set

ILPD-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Drum set principals
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-112
Department: PERC

Development of fluency and effectiveness with Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms applied to drum set with an emphasis on form. Continued brush, orchestral, and rudimental snare drum studies.

Drum Set Chart Interpretation

ILPD-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Drum set principal PERF majors
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: PERC

Intermediate-to-advanced drum set chart reading and improvisation studies, notation, and repertoire. Continued orchestral and rudimental snare drum studies.

Brush Techniques

ILPD-217

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Drum set and total percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-112
Department: PERC

This lab emphasizes techniques related to traditional wire brushes and heavier specialty brushes, including conventional sweeping and figure patterns, individualized patterns, distribution of rhythm between both hands, reverse functioning in the hands, and techniques related to jazz and bossa nova styles. Repertoire study and brush stylists including Philly Joe Jones, Vernell Fournier, and Ed Thigpen will be investigated.

Rock Drumming Repertoire and Application

ILPD-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: PERC

This course will enhance the learning and playing of standard repertoire for the drumset in various rock styles. Numerous songs will be analyzed, studied, and memorized. This course is designed to allow the student to gain a working knowledge of the standard rock repertoire.

Jazz Repertoire Development and Application

ILPD-225

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: PERC

This course will enhance the learning and playing of standard repertoire for the drum set in various jazz styles. Numerous songs will be analyzed, studied, and memorized. This course is designed to allow the student to gain a working knowledge of the standard jazz repertoire.

Hip-Hop Repertoire Development and Application

ILPD-229

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: PERC

This course will enhance the learning and playing of standard repertoire for the drum set in various hip-hop styles. Numerous songs will be analyzed, studied, and memorized. This course is designed to allow the student to gain a working knowledge of the standard hip-hop repertoire.

Funk Repertoire Development and Application

ILPD-233

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-112
Department: PERC

This course will enhance the learning and playing of standard repertoire for the drumset in various funk styles. Numerous songs will be analyzed, studied, and memorized. This course is designed to allow the student to gain a working knowledge of the standard funk repertoire.

Polyrhythms 1

ILPD-235

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Total percussion principal PERF majors
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overal ensemble rating 3
Department: PERC

This course will examine polyrhythmic studies including multi-simultaneous patterns, metric modulation, and cross rhythms.

Country Drumming Styles

ILPD-239

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: PERC

A performance-based historical survey of country and western drumming styles up to the present day. Development of performance skills in country and western feels incorporating both stick and brush techniques. Major drummers in this style will be studied.

Global Sight-Reading and Advanced Rhythmic Solfege

ILPD-250

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: PERC

This performance-oriented lab draws on a global selection of musical genres including Indian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Balkan, and African traditions, and utilizes them as structural models or compositional inspiration for a variety of concise yet challenging sight-reading and recitation exercises. Each example is introduced both as a vocal exercise, using native mnemonic or other onomatopoeic syllables to represent the given notation, and performed on a variety of instruments, focusing primarily on the snare drum but also making use of hand percussion and drum set. This course will be of interest to anyone who wishes to advance his/her reading and interpretative skills while exploring new rhythmic concepts and languages outside the classical/orchestral and popular Western genres.

Advanced Brush Lab

ILPD-317

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-217
Department: PERC

Building on ILPD-217, this course offers students the opportunity to improve basic skills. Studies include ballad and swing patterns, odd meters, Latin, solo, and ensemble playing. Various contemporary brush stylists will be examined. In addition, continued repertoire study is included.

Contemporary Electronic Percussion

ILPD-331

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overal ensemble rating 3
Department: PERC

A comprehensive course on functioning in today's music world with the latest electronic instruments in modern percussion. The program includes hands-on work with electronic drum kits and drum machines, including programming, triggering, and interfacing.

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