Courses

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

The Show Drummer/Percussionist

ILPD-P385

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-212
Department: PERC

This lab is designed to prepare the student to work in the diverse field of musical theater. Focus will be on developing authenticity of style and sound. Students will analyze drum set and percussion charts from various eras of musical history, up to and including the present day. Midterm and final exams will be customized to the student's principal instrument.

Afro-Caribbean Rhythms and Percussion for Nonpercussionists

ILPH-293

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

Rhythms, song styles, and percussion instruments of Cuba and other Afro-Caribbean regions. Development of performance skills in various rhythm styles through study of basic techniques of characteristic percussion instruments.

Drumming Styles of Ghana

ILPH-351

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

An intensive study of West African drumming styles from the Ewe, Ga, and Dagbamba people of Ghana, West Africa. This course will emphasize three areas of performance techniques: straight stick, curved stick, and hand drumming styles. Repertoire studied will include agbekor, kpanlogo, and damba. Teaching methods will incorporate call-and-response formats, videos, and transcriptions. Authentic instruments will be provided.

Native American Drumming Lab

ILPH-353

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

Study of various techniques and tribal styles of American Indian drumming using traditional songs as the repertoire for learning. Teaching style will be hands-on: students will perform on traditional Native American drums and percussion instruments.

Bata Rhythms/Afro-Cuban Ceremonial Drumming Lab

ILPH-354

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILPH-293 or ILPH-357 or by audition
Department: PERC

Study of various techniques and tribal styles of American Indian drumming using traditional songs as the repertoire for learning. Teaching style will be hands-on: students will perform on traditional Native American drums and percussion instruments.

Afro-Caribbean Rhythms and Percussion

ILPH-357

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Hand percussion principals, drum set principals, and total percussion principal PERF and PROM majors not taking ILPH-359
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: PERC

A lab for percussion department principals focusing on rhythmic techniques and song styles from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and their related percussion instruments. Development of performance skills through study of recordings, transcriptions, and supervised ensemble playing. Note: ILPH-359 may be taken instead of this course.

Brazilian Rhythms and Percussion

ILPH-359

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Hand percussion principals, drum set principals, and total percussion principal PERF and PROM majors not taking ILPH-357
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: PERC

A lab focusing on rhythmic techniques and song styles of Brazilian music and their related percussion instruments. Development of performance skills through study of audio and video recordings as well as supervised ensemble playing. Note: ILPH-357 may be taken instead of this course.

Advanced Afro-Cuban Rhythms and Percussion

ILPH-371

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Hand percussion principal PERF majors
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPH-293 or ILPH-357
Department: PERC

Continuation of ILPH-357 and ILPH-359. Development of more advanced techniques and concepts through deeper examination of evolution and derivations of the rhythmic styles. Intended course outcomes include performance-level group playing and improvisation as well as soloing.

Steelpan Techniques for Percussionists

ILPH-391

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

A study of steelpan performance techniques designed for percussion principals. Skills development will include the sticking techniques required for steelpan players, rhythmic patterns, scale-learning methods on the instrument, and general performance techniques.

Contemporary Techniques for Pop Percussion

ILPH-429

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

With emphasis on R&B, rock/funk, swing, motown, and pop styles, this course explores the study of small hand percussion: tambourine, shakers, cowbells, and cabasa, as well as congas, bongos, and timbales, individually as well as in combination with each other to form multiple percussion setups. Transitions, groove building, and coordination techniques will be analyzed in class. Chart reading and interpretation, as well as some transcription techniques, will be covered throughout the semester. Knowledge of basic conga techniques is strongly recommended.

Drumming Styles of Guinea

ILPH-451

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

An intensive study of West African drumming styles from the Susu, Malinké, and Bagba people of Guinea, West Africa. Class format will include hand drumming techniques for the djembe and stick patterns on the dununs (bass drums). All material covered will be taught orally by the instructor along with video presentations. Repertoire will include yankadi, makuru, kuku, and sinte. Authentic instruments will be provided.

Brazilian Rhythms and Percussion 2

ILPH-459

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILPH-359
Department: PERC

A continuation of ILPH-359, with emphasis on the drumming styles of northeastern Brazil. Development of performance skills through study of recordings, transcriptions, and supervised ensemble playing.

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