Courses

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

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 Code: 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.

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 Code: 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.

ILPH-351

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

An intensive study of Ghanaian music from the Ewe, Ga, Ashanti, and Dagomba speaking people of West Africa. Areas of focus include interlocking support rhythms, call and response dialogues, and beat transposition along with unconventional stick and hand technique. Students will learn from a combination of two teaching styles, oral tradition, and Western notation.  

ILPH-353

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

This course provides the study of various techniques and tribal styles of Native American drumming using traditional and contemporary repertoire. The teaching style is hands-on as students will perform on traditional Native American drums and percussion instruments.

ILPH-354

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILPH-293, ILPH-357, or overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: PERC

In this course, students study the spiritually based drumming of the Lucumí (Yoruba) people in Cuba. Development of performance skills through group performance, singing, and chanting.

ILPH-357

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

In this course, students learn rhythmic techniques and song styles from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Students develop their performance skills through study of recordings, transcriptions, and supervised ensemble playing.

 

ILPH-359

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

ILPH-371

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILPH-293, ILPH-357, or overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: 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.

ILPH-391

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

In this course, students learn the setup of all the steelpan instruments and the basic techniques of steelpan performance. This includes scale learning and sticking techniques. Students also learn to apply these techniques through simple arrangements that highlight the characteristic rhythms and comping (accompanying) patterns.

ILPH-429

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

ILPH-451

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

An intensive study of Guinean music from the Susu, Mandinka, Fulani, Bambara, Soninke, and Baga speaking people of French West Africa. Areas of focus include; interlocking support rhythms, call and response dialogues, and beat transposition along with unconventional hand and stick technique. Students will learn primarily from an oral tradition approach.

ILPH-P365

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

An introduction to timbale playing that will cover the history of the instrument from its Creole origins when it was still a timpani, to the contemporary timbale set-up: three cowbells, bass drum, cymbals, jam-block, and snare. This course will cover danzón, cha-cha, mambo, pilon, Mozambique, traditional salsa, and songo styles. With each style, the student will learn to play a tune in that genre and study stylistically appropriate patterns, fills, and solo material. This course is highly recommended for drum set principals who wish to improve their overall understanding of Latin music though adaptation of timbale playing concepts to the drum set.

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