Courses

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

Mallet Keyboard Musicianship

ILPM-231

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: Marimba and total percussion principal PERF majors
Electable by: Hand percussion, vibraphone, and total percussion principals
Prerequisites: HR-112 and ILPM-121
Department Code: PERC

This class is designed for the non-improvising player to develop musicianship skills by concentrating on the integration of harmony, melody, rhythm, and dynamics through the analysis and performance of music ranging from Bach to the present.

Marimba Transcription and Repertoire

ILPM-341

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Marimba principal MUED, PERF, and PROM majors
Electable by: Marimba, total percussion, and vibraphone principals
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: PERC

A lab emphasizing skills essential for marimbists and percussionists to develop a personalized repertoire and contribute to performance literature for the marimba. Students will learn to adapt music for the marimba from sources such as lead sheets; music for violin, guitar, and harp; and transcribed recordings. Works composed for the marimba will also be studied and performed.

Keyboard Lab – Reading 1

ILPN-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PIANO

Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing reading studies in a variety of idioms. This course increases sight-reading abilities through exposure to traditionally notated materials.

Keyboard Lab – Reading 2

ILPN-112

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-111 or overall ensemble rating 2
Department Code: PIANO

Continuation of ILPN-111. Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing more challenging reading studies in a variety of idioms. This course increases sight-reading abilities through exposure to traditionally notated materials.

Keyboard Lab – Comping 1

ILPN-121

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PIANO

Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing comping studies and the application of these techniques to a variety of idioms. Recorded material for play-along purposes.

Keyboard Lab – Comping 2

ILPN-122

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-121 or overall ensemble rating 2
Department Code: PIANO

Continuation of ILPN -121. Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing more challenging comping studies and the application of these techniques to a variety of idioms. Recorded materials for play-along purposes.

Keyboard Lab – Chart Reading

ILPN-213

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-113 and ILPN-122 or overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: PIANO

Practical training in the kind of reading and comping skills necessary for successful ensemble participation, such as introductions, endings, fills, notational practices, and style awareness. Recorded material for play-along purposes.

Keyboard Lab – Advanced Comping

ILPN-224

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-122 or overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: PIANO

Continuation of ILPN-122 emphasizing more advanced voicing techniques. Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing comping studies, including rhythm, and the application of these techniques to the jazz idiom. Recorded material for play-along purposes.

Accompaniment Techniques for the Singer/Pianist

ILPN-227

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals and SONG majors
Prerequisites: ISKB-212 or PIPN-112
Department Code: PIANO

Practical intermediate keyboard skills for self-accompanying vocalists and singer/songwriters. Focuses on rhythm, voicing, registration, and overall arrangement. Enhancement of individual performance skills and repertory through study and critiqued performance of musical examples drawn from appropriate contemporary styles.

Upper Structure Triad Applications

ILPN-235

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-122 or overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: PIANO

This course involves the in-depth study of upper structure triads (USTs) for all chord types and triad combinations. Content and exercises focus on the identification of triads for specific tension combinations as they apply to comping in a group setting. The use of USTs will also be introduced as a technique for harmonizing melodies in a solo piano/ trio format.

Advanced Rhythmic Lab for the Keyboardist

ILPN-237

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-112 and ILPN-122, or overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: PIANO

A lab workshop specifically designed to improve the keyboardist's understanding and mastery of different rhythmic concepts and their application on the keyboard into various musical contexts. Students will learn percussion and speaking rhythms, which they will apply on the keyboard. The course material will be based on different rhythmic approaches of jazz performers such as Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk, Danilo Perez, McCoy Tyner, and others; 20th-century composers, including Olivier Messiaen, György Ligeti, and Alberto Ginastera; and a variety of global music styles.

Advanced Stylistic Comping – Pop

ILPN-241

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-122 or overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: PIANO

Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing comping studies and the application of these techniques to a variety of pop music styles. There will be use of recorded material for play-along purposes.

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