Courses

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

PFSS-361

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: String principal PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: STRG

An overview of the history of contemporary string playing, with special emphasis on the work of major innovators: Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, and others. Recordings and transcriptions used to analyze technique and improvisational skills.

PFSS-371

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Voice principal PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: VOICE

A historical study of the development of the jazz vocalist and jazz vocal styles. Listening and style analysis through use of recordings and assigned student participation and performances. Singers covered include the Rhythm Boys, Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Jimmy Rushing, the Boswell Sisters, the Mills Brothers, Ethel Waters, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Dianne Reeves, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, and representative contemporary artists.

PFSS-381

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Woodwind principal PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: WWND

The analysis of the history of woodwind instruments (saxophone, flute, clarinet) in jazz. Emphasis is placed on the various styles of major players. The study of woodwind players including Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Lester Young, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Frank Wess, Andy Kirk, Benny Goodman, John LaPorta, Gerry Mulligan, and others, through tapes, articles, and transcriptions.

PFSS-385

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: WWND

The analysis of saxophone styles in the R&B lineage including players associated with smooth jazz, funk, blues, soul jazz, acid jazz, soul, pop, and fusion styles. Emphasis is placed on the various styles of major players including Earl Bostic, Grover Washington Jr., Red Prysock, Hank Crawford, David Sanborn, King Curtis, Kirk Whalum, Junior Walker, Maceo Parker, Tom Scott, Michael Brecker, Andy Snitzer, Gerald Albright, Ed Calle and others, through in-class playing, recordings, and transcriptions.

PFSS-P301

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PERF

This course will examine the various tonalities, meters and compositional structures that characterize the various music styles from the Mediterranean region. This is a survey course focused on the folk music from the Mediterranean with a spotlight on how melody is the defining and dominant feature of the music. Students will explore modal systems with limited harmonic progression and tonalities not always consistent with western tonal systems and metric forms. The influence of religious music, the differing ethnic traditions, and the sociocultural differences of the principal music sources will be reviewed and studied. Listening, performing, songwriting, and sight singing are the main activities of this course.

PFSS-P362

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: STRG

This course will survey and analyze a number of styles that form the bedrock of American popular music. These styles include blues, gospel, folk, country, Cajun, tejano, and Native American. Students will learn through transcribing, intensive immersion in listening, and viewing videotape footage.

PFSS-P363

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: String, bass, guitar, and voice principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: STRG

Historical listening and performance class covering the tributaries of Bill Monroe's music (old time country music, blues, and swing) and tracing the development of the styles from 1945 to the present day. Extensive transcription projects and in-class performance will be emphasized.

PIBR-111

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Brass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: BRASS

Principal instrument study level 1 brass.

PIBR-112

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Brass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBR-111
Department Code: BRASS

Principal instrument study level 2 brass.

PIBR-211

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Brass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBR-112
Department Code: BRASS

Principal instrument study level 3 brass.

PIBR-212

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Brass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBR-211
Department Code: BRASS

Principal instrument study level 4 brass.

PIBR-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Brass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBR-212
Department Code: BRASS

Principal instrument study level 5 brass.

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