Courses

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PSVC-435

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

A systematic integration of vocal/body awareness and presentation skills applied to vocal performance. Through relaxation, breathing techniques, and body alignment students will learn to identify and balance vocal registers and improve vocal resonance and flexibility. Instruction includes a session on Alexander Technique and weekly performances with a rhythm section with an emphasis on lyrical interpretation.

PSVC-P320

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice Principals
Prerequisites: PIVC-111
Department Code: VOICE

An exploration of the classical art song with a different emphasis each semester (German lieder, French chanson, Italian art song and songs of the British Isles and America). Designed to introduce students to the rich and varied classical art song repertoire as well as increase proficiency in singing in other languages, to introduce the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), its rules and applications, and to strengthen the performance of art songs.

PSVC-P440

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice Principals
Prerequisites: ET-111 and PW-111
Department Code: VOICE

For songwriters who wish to better perform their own original material. Must self-accompany. Singers will work to develop their vocal skills while utilizing creative songwriting techniques that will help them personally connect with their original material. This process will spark a narrative for personal songwriting and vocal development. There will be weekly assignments including daily vocal workouts and daily journaling. As song styles are discussed and demonstrated in class, students will be assigned various musical song-forms over which to compose their personal narrative. There is an expectation of basic song-form knowledge, vocal skills, self-accompaniment and harmonic knowledge. Students will perform short assignments and their final full songs in class for support and critique.

PSVC-P441

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PSVC-P440
Department Code: VOICE

This course is a natural progression of PSVC-P440, Vocal Perspectives on Songwriting 1. An important underlying theme of this course is the knowledge that the singer can be the center and generator of the song. Students will be encouraged to develop catalogues comprised of personal, autobiographical songs created throughout the course. Journaling, active listening, field trips, and highly specific exercises will be employed to generate songwriting and song ideas. Songs will be performed in class. Students must self-accompany in this class, and the semester will culminate in a class performance.

PSW-235

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

In this course for non-percussion principals students focus on the development of basic techniques and sound production using the North African tar frame drum. The mathematical rhythm system from South India is explored to create phrases in 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 with an emphasis on independence, ankle bells, and spoken drum vocables. Rhythms and concepts will also be rendered using harmonic time.

PSW-335

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

In this course for percussion principals students focus on the development of basic techniques and sound production using the North African tar frame drum. The mathematical rhythm system from South India is explored to create phrases in 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 with an emphasis on independence, ankle bells, and spoken drum vocables. Rhythms and concepts will also be rendered using harmonic time.

PSW-341

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

A study of traditional music and culture chosen from the ten regions of Ghana, West Africa. Dance music, from various ethnic groups such as, Ewe, Asante, Dagomba, and Dagara, will be taught. The main learning approach will be primarily oral tradition, with a focus on technique, rhythmic sensibility, and dialogue conversation, which are typical in the music. 

PSW-342

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PERC

A study of traditional music and culture chosen from the four regions of Guinea, West Africa. Dance music from various ethnic groups such as Susu, Mandinka, Soninke, Bambara, Mende, and Baga will be taught. The main learning approach will be primarily oral tradition, with a focus on technique, rhythm sensibility, and dialogue conversation, which are typical in the music.

PSW-345

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 2
Department Code: VOICE

A study of Latin American vocal styles and rhythms that includes Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Students will learn the history and culture of Latin American styles and rhythms through listening and analysis, transcribing, and video performances.

PSW-350

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: PERF

Focused on South Indian rhythmic solfege, this course explores both North and South Indian melodic concepts, the raga system and tala system. Basic pulse is strengthened, and complex polyrhythms are learned by vocal recitations and hand-clapping patterns. These exercises and patterns are then applied to the student's instrument and used in improvisation. Emphasis is placed upon superimposing different groupings over various meters, thus creating interesting phrasings and broadening rhythmic vocabulary. In addition to Indian rhythms, some West African and Brazilian rhythms will be covered. Play-along recordings with different harmonic progressions will be used. Improving swing feel will also be emphasized. Solo transcriptions of jazz and classical Indian music will be used as examples of superimposed rhythmic groupings and subdivisions. The students are expected to invent their own exercises and be able to perform them in class. Examples of these rhythmic concepts in composition will be discussed and played in class.

PSW-351

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PSW-350
Department Code: PERF

This class is a continuation of South Indian Rhythmic Solfege 1. It continues to work on strengthening basic pulse. Complex polyrhythms are learned by vocal recitations and hand-clapping patterns. These exercises and patterns are then applied to students' instruments and used in improvisation. Emphasis is placed on superimposing different groupings over various meters, thus creating interesting phrasings and broadening students' rhythmic vocabulary. West African, Afro-Cuban, and Indian rhythms will also be covered. Play-along recordings with different harmonic progressions will be used, and the students will have a chance to record their performances in class. Improving swing feel will also be emphasized. Solo transcriptions of jazz and classical Indian music will be used as examples of superimposed rhythmic groupings and subdivisions. Students are also expected to invent their own exercises and be able to perform them in class. Examples of these rhythmic concepts in composition will also be discussed.

PSW-361

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

A study of the evolution of Brazilian popular music and its social and musical history. Analysis and discussion of the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic aspects of several contemporary Brazilian musical styles and their origins. Recordings of various arrangements will be presented in traditional and contemporary versions. Analysis, through transcriptions and performance, of the role each instrument performs in an ensemble.

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