Instrumental Labs

Brass Lab – Reading 1

ILBR-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BRASS

The goal of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211 is to prepare the entering brass student for the college ensemble program. Emphasis on reading studies in a variety of styles.

Brass Lab – Reading 2

ILBR-112

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-111
Department: BRASS

The goal of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211 is to prepare the entering brass student for the college ensemble program. Emphasis on reading studies in a variety of styles.

Brass Improvisation Lab 1

ILBR-121

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BRASS

This course presents the basics of jazz improvisation on blues forms in easy keys. In addition to learning to improvise on these sets of changes, the student will also memorize a basic set of appropriate tunes.

Brass Improvisation Lab 2

ILBR-122

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-121 or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: BRASS

This course presents the basics of jazz improvisation on simple diatonic song forms in easy keys. In addition to learning to improvise on these sets of changes, the student will also memorize a basic set of appropriate tunes.

Brass Lab – Reading 3

ILBR-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-112
Department: BRASS

The goal of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211 is to prepare the entering brass student for the college ensemble program. Emphasis on reading studies in a variety of styles.

Advanced Brass Reading Lab

ILBR-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-211 or overall ensemble rating 4
Department: BRASS

Advanced Brass Reading Lab is designed for those brass students who have an overall ensemble rating of 4, and new students who demonstrate moderate-to-advanced reading skills. The material covered is a continuation of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211, and focuses on developing the advanced reading skills required in contemporary music.

Brass Improvisation Lab 3

ILBR-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-122 or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: BRASS

This course continues the materials presented in ILBR-121 and ILBR-122, and applies them to improvising on blues forms and diatonic song forms in more advanced keys. In addition to learning to improvise on these sets of changes, the student will also memorize a basic set of appropriate tunes.

Advanced Brass Improvisation Lab

ILBR-222

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: BRASS

Advanced Brass Improvisation Lab is designed for those brass students who have an overall ensemble rating of 4, and new students who demonstrate moderate-to-advanced improvisational skills. The material covered is a continuation of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211, and focuses on developing the advanced improvisational abilities required in contemporary music.

Exploring Technology for Brass Players

ILBR-335

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tom Plsek
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: Written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: BRASS

Students will be introduced to technology applications available for use by brass players in real-time performance situations. Emphasis will be on the use of technology as an extension of the instruments.

Bass Lab – Reading 1

ILBS-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS

Instrumental lab for bass principals emphasizing the basic techniques and styles of bass playing in a variety of idioms.

Bass Lab – Reading 2

ILBS-112

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILBS-111
Department: BASS

Continuation of ILBS-111.

Bass Fundamentals

ILBS-115

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS

General physical and mechanical aspects of playing the double bass and electric bass (four-, five-, and six-string) will be covered in depth, along with proper performance practices. Topics will include instrument construction, repair, and maintenance; proper body posture for effective bass playing; physical problems associated with performance; theoretical make-up of the fingerboard; and proper fingering concepts of both hands. This course is meant to be a basics manual for the bassist. Student participation via performance in class will be required.

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