Improvisation for Guitar 1
Application of modes and pentatonic scales in performance with prerecorded rhythm section tapes. Comping and melodic embellishment techniques in a variety of settings (Latin/rock, jazz/rock, fusion, bossa nova, and blues). Midterm and final exams: student performance of solo with accompanying comping or rhythm part.
Improvisation for Guitar 2
Continuation of PSGT-211. Application of altered scales derived from melodic and harmonic minor in performance with prerecorded rhythm section tapes. Melodic embellishment and phrasing, comping, and rhythm techniques relevant to rock/flamenco, fusion, Latin/rock, samba, and jazz waltz. Midterm and final projects: student performance of solo with accompanying comping or rhythm part.
Guitar Performance Skills
Analysis of contemporary guitar styles and effects. Lectures by professionals in various styles. Focus on jazz, rock, and country, as well as styles of specific artists. Emphasis on performance. Assigned student projects.
Essentials of Solo and Rhythm Guitar 1
Instrumental class for the guitar principal emphasizing chord solo guitar styles, traditional guitar literature employing right-hand pick techniques, and rhythm guitar styles applicable to small group and orchestral performance.
Improvisation for Guitar 3
Continuation of PSGT-212. Symmetric scales and additional altered modes; chord scale possibilities explored through harmonic analysis. Chord voicings and comping techniques in jazz, Latin, funk, and ballad styles. Midterm and final projects: student performance of solo and comping part with prerecorded tape.
Advanced Guitar Performance
For advanced guitar principals, continuation of development of skills and techniques, with emphasis on guitar-centric group playing concepts and performing skills.
Vocal Technique and Wellness
Maintaining a balance between body, mind, and spirit is essential for any musician to be healthy. This is wellness. In this course vocalists learn techniques for keeping their instruments in top shape, reducing both vocal and overall stress, and managing real life factors like performance anxiety. This course will also present techniques and a detailed look at vocal anatomy, to support learning to sing virtually every style of music with a healthy, long-lasting approach.
Awareness Training for Musicians
This lab will explore posture, movement, and breathing as they relate to the act of musical production. Students will explore how they experience themselves making music and learn how to modify their own actions to play more efficiently with less effort. Self-awareness exercises will be used to improve the kinesthetic sense—one's sense of oneself in movement—enabling the instrumentalist to avoid injuries due to overuse and/or misuse, as well as helping to develop sensitivity, clarity, and power in musical production. Through increased awareness, students will acquire the ability to regulate or modify their actions to meet varying demands of practice and performance.
Yoga for Musicians 1
The musician's environment, with its continual pressures and workload demands, is frequently intense. Through a regular practice of yoga, you will be better able to deal with pressures and stress. Yoga means union. It is the union of mind, body, and spirit. This course will lead you through a series of breathing exercises, meditations, warm-ups, and postures that will help integrate the mind, body, and spirit of your being. Practicing yoga will enable you to be more aware and focused in all aspects of your life.
Yoga for Musicians 2
With a firm foundation of the principles of yoga learned and practiced in Yoga for Musicians 1, this course goes deeper into the practice and its benefits. Students more fully explore many techniques including meditation, breathing, and advanced postures. Students will learn about the different energy channels in the body and how to regulate them to improve a sense of well-being.
Playing in the Key of Qi: Qigong for Musicians
This course will explore the fundamentals of qigong and how students can employ these practices in both their musical and daily lives. Students will learn a variety of exercises as well as breathing and awareness techniques to increase the flow of chi throughout one's system. These exercises promote emotional balance, mental clarity, and an optimum physical state. Students will learn about the unique physiological benefits as well as how to apply these exercises to their instrument, daily activities, and creative endeavors. In addition, students will learn how qigong can act as a catalyst for healing or preventing an overuse injury and other health maladies. By the end of the course, students will be more able to conduct the inner orchestra of their mind, body, heart, and spirit through a state of relaxed awareness.
Somatic Breathwork for Vocalists
Using experiential exercises, anatomical studies, and journal processes, this course will improve students' kinesthetic awareness and conceptual understanding of the process of respiration as it relates to movement and vocal production. Through experiential explorations of breathing students learn to sense, feel, and differentiate the physical components of respiration. As they improve their kinesthetic understanding of breathing, their ability to use breathing responsively and appropriately for the vocal task will improve. Additionally, students will become better able to respond to directions about breathing from private lesson teachers. Classwork will consist of experiential Awareness Through Movement lessons with some time for discussion.