Courses

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

ENMX-220

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: ENS

Small group performance in jazz, rock, swing, and Latin idioms. 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: trumpet, alto, tenor, flute, piano, guitar, bass, drums, vibes, and strings.

ENMX-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: ENS

Small group performance in jazz, rock, swing, and Latin idioms. 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: trumpet, alto, tenor, flute, piano, guitar, bass, drums, vibes, and strings.

ENMX-300

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: ENS

Small group performance in jazz, rock, swing, and Latin idioms. 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: trumpet, alto, tenor, flute, piano, guitar, bass, drums, vibes, and strings.

ENMX-315

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: ENS

Training in the recording of band tracks for a variety of musical styles. Playing with prerecorded tracks, and involvement with other studio techniques. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Instrumentation: trumpet, trombone, synthesizer, tenor, piano, two guitars, bass, drums, and percussion (vibes, conga).

ENMX-401

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Music Therapy ensemble will offer unique challenges and exciting possibilities for all music therapy majors. Emphasis will be on creativity, individual multi-instrumental performance, spontaneous improvisation, original compositions, and developing confidence and leadership skills. The ensemble will culminate with one off-campus performance at the end of the semester. Open to all, with preference given to music therapy majors.

ENPC-211

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

In this course beginning percussion students perform together and learn snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, simple mallet playing, and timpani in an ensemble setting. 

ENPC-215

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

In this course students learn to play a variety of mallet keyboard instruments, including vibraphone, marimba, and xylophone in a number of different styles. Emphasis will be placed on learning to identify melodic and harmonic content. 

ENPC-321

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

In this course, students learn to mix the rhythmic heritage of various rhythm cultures with high-level jazz improvisation to produce music that draws from all styles of music without ever being genre specific. Students get firsthand information on the rhythmic and harmonic possibilities of the repertoire and learn to adapt it to the group’s particular instrumentation. The core material usually features compositions by well known composers as well as pop artists, traditional folkloric songs, and original pieces by the group members.

ENPC-359

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPH-354
Department: PERC

A continuation of ILPH-354, Bata Rhythms/Afro-Cuban Ceremonial Drumming Lab. Continued development of performance skills through study of recordings and transcriptions, singing and chanting, and group playing. Application of drumming and singing to other musical forms.

ENPC-363

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

In this course, intermediate and advanced percussion students focus on performance of literature for mixed instrumental/vocal ensembles that include the marimba. Students will examine composed music for marimba as well as nonpercussion instruments from classical through contemporary styles. Group size is usually duos and trios, but larger groups are possible. Performances in an end-of-term concert will be scheduled.

ENPC-374

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILPH-351 (percussion principals); written approval of course instructor (dancers)
Department: PERC

In this course, students will learn West African traditional music and dance genres. Emphasis will be placed on choreographed dances, drumming, and cultural songs and their historical content. Students will perform at least once, as a full ensemble, at the end of the semester.

ENPC-385

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILPD-111
Department: PERC

In this course, students will learn and perform a variety of drum corps style compositions for snare drum, quads, bass drums, and other assorted marching percussion. Knowledge of the genre, ensemble performance skills, and advanced hand technique are all emphasized.

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