Courses

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

Gospel Keyboard Techniques Ensemble

ENPN-266

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: PIANO

This ensemble will expose the pianist to the stylistic diversity among gospel keyboard performers. Through analysis, transcriptions, and performance, students will gain practical performance experience in playing hymns, traditional gospel pieces, and contemporary gospel music. Focus will be on learning gospel music in the traditional way and will include learning by ear. The student will be exposed to the historical development of this spiritual music.

Accompanying Techniques for the Piano/Vocalist Ensemble

ENPN-279

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Piano/voice dual principal PERF majors
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-121 or overall ensemble rating 2
Department: PIANO

An ensemble for piano principals focusing on tunes in various jazz, pop/rock, and R&B styles. Students will enhance technical skills, such as creating effective intros and endings and performing in several rhythmic styles and feels, as well as learning traits and requirements for being effective accompanists. The course includes self-accompanying for students who both play and sing.

The Piano Style of Thelonious Monk Ensemble

ENPN-353

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 5555
Department: PIANO

An ensemble for piano principals emphasizing the melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and compositional innovations of Thelonious Monk. Studies will include listening and analysis of recordings; performance of transcriptions; and detailed analysis of Monk's compositional and improvisational techniques, including his harmonic and rhythmic innovations and treatment of standard tunes.

Rehearsal Techniques for the Pianist/ Band Leader Ensemble

ENPN-365

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principal PERF majors
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: PIANO

An ensemble for piano performance majors that focuses on practical rehearsal techniques. The student applies rehearsal techniques to duos, trios, and larger ensembles with one or more horns. Focus is on creating arrangements for the band, understanding the role of the bass player and drummer, cueing, conducting, and playing and rehearsing with the band and singer.

New Music Improvisation Ensemble

ENPN-371

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-113 and ILPN-121, or overall ensemble 2
Department: PIANO

An ensemble for pianists to study improvisational systems and structures using both traditional notation and other methods such as graphic, visual, or written instructions. Topics include motivic development; varied scales and harmonic materials; dynamic registral and spatial contrasts; and repetition and variation of patterns with an emphasis on listening and group interaction. Students are encouraged to develop their own compositions for performance in class.

Jazz Piano Master Class Ensemble

ENPN-461

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 4444
Department: PIANO

An advanced performance ensemble for piano principals providing the opportunity to study, analyze, and perform the music of selected jazz pianists in a master-class setting. Transcriptions of materials to be studied will be distributed to provide the basis for faculty-led analytical discussions. The addition of bass and drums will allow for performance in a complete group setting.

Jazz Piano Trio 1

ENPN-P112

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

An ensemble for piano students who want to improve their ability to function in an ensemble setting with bass and drums. They will gain an understanding of the role of bass and drums in the rhythm section and learn to interact and communicate with them. Creating arrangements, working on appropriate comping techniques, improvisation, dynamic balance, and other applicable techniques to the jazz piano trio idiom will be addressed.

Introduction to Jazz Improvisation for Classical Pianists

ENPN-P121

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-121 and PIPN-111
Department: PIANO

Designed for classical pianists who want to develop jazz improvisation skill. This course will emphasize the understanding of the process of improvisation; specifically addressing the fundamental differences between jazz and classical piano playing. Specific attention will be paid to standard jazz forms, including blues and standard jazz repertoire, free improvisation, time feel, interpretation, and motivic development.

Jazz Piano Trio 2

ENPN-P212

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

A two-hour lab for Piano Performance Majors that focuses on advanced harmonic and rhythmic studies for the pianist and the rhythm section. Styles include Latin, Brazilian, Hard Bop and Modern. Class focuses on rhythmic accuracy, independence, using the left-hand as an integral part of building up solos, understanding of odd meters, such as 3/4, 5/4 and 7/4, rhythmic comping and the use of rhythmic motif displacement as a comping and soloing technique in various styles. Development of rhythm section language and musical communication with bass and drums.

Mixed Pop Styles

ENPP-121

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ENMX-100 or overall ensemble rating 2
Department: ENS

The Mixed Pop Styles ensemble will study and perform the music of India.Arie, Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Rachelle Ferrell, Michael Jackson, Beyonc?, Brandy, Mariah Carey, and many more. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing every song selected for the semester. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Mixed Pop and Jazz

ENPP-200

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: ENS

The Mixed Pop and Jazz Styles ensemble will study and perform the music of India.Arie, Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Rachelle Ferrell, Michael Jackson, Beyonc?, Brandy, Mariah Carey, and many more. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing every song selected for the semester. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Instrumentation: piano, bass, guitar, drums, vibes, and voices.

Mixed Pop and Rock

ENPP-201

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: ENS

The Mixed Pop and Rock ensemble will study and perform the music of India.Arie, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Beyonc?, Elton John, U2, and many more. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing every song selected for the semester. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Rhythm section accompaniment for vocalists. Students will gain experience with arrangements and head charts. Instrumentation: piano, bass, guitar, drums, vibes, and voices.

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