The study of the bass in the styles of Dixieland, swing, bebop, cool, experimental, fusion, and others. In-depth analysis of the function of the bass as part of the rhythm section and as a solo voice. Some of the players heard and discussed are Pop Foster, Walter Page, Jimmy Blanton, Oscar Pettiford, Slam Stewart, Paul Chambers, Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Eddie Gomez, and Jaco Pastorius.
A study of the history of brass instruments (trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, and tuba) in American music. Emphasis is on the performance styles of major players, including Herbert L. Clarke, Arthur Pryor, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, J.J. Johnson, Harry James, Julius Watkins, Rich Matteson, and Harvey Phillips. Study will include articles as well as recorded and transcribed musical examples.
A survey of contemporary guitar players and styles as well as related doubling instruments. Emphasis on major players and various styles through tapes and transcriptions.
A study of the development of the jazz drummer from its early period through the 1960s. Analysis through recordings and transcriptions of various playing styles. Studies of Big Sid Catlett, Max Roach, Buddy Rich, and others.
A survey of the development of contemporary drumming styles. This course is a historical and stylistic continuation of PFSS-341. The basis for study will be the principal artists who have emerged during and since the mid-1960s, and the musical styles in which they have performed. Also covered will be the development of the instrument itself as its role has evolved in various styles.
A study of the history and development of the music of Latin America and the Caribbean, with particular focus on hand percussion playing. Emphasis will be on the music of Cuba and Brazil, and on the development of Latin American music in New York from the 1920s to the present. Musical relationships to the European and African traditions will be studied as well as specific instruments, song styles and rhythms, composing and arranging styles, and significant artists in the idiom.
A study of the history and development of the art of jazz piano and the lives and times of the artists themselves. Through listening to archival and contemporary recordings and analysis and discussions, the rich diversity of the different jazz styles will be examined, along with the artists associated with certain styles. Solo piano and group playing from ragtime to contemporary will be addressed.
An overview of the history of contemporary string playing, with special emphasis on the work of major innovators: Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, and others. Recordings and transcriptions used to analyze technique and improvisational skills.
A historical study of the development of the jazz vocalist and jazz vocal styles. Listening and style analysis through use of recordings and assigned student participation and performances. Singers covered include the Rhythm Boys, Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Jimmy Rushing, the Boswell Sisters, the Mills Brothers, Ethel Waters, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Dianne Reeves, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, and representative contemporary artists.
The analysis of the history of woodwind instruments (saxophone, flute, clarinet) in jazz. Emphasis is placed on the various styles of major players. The study of woodwind players including Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Lester Young, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Frank Wess, Andy Kirk, Benny Goodman, John LaPorta, Gerry Mulligan, and others, through tapes, articles, and transcriptions.
The analysis of saxophone styles in the R&B lineage including players associated with smooth jazz, funk, blues, soul jazz, acid jazz, soul, pop, and fusion styles. Emphasis is placed on the various styles of major players including Earl Bostic, Grover Washington Jr., Red Prysock, Hank Crawford, David Sanborn, King Curtis, Kirk Whalum, Junior Walker, Maceo Parker, Tom Scott, Michael Brecker, Andy Snitzer, Gerald Albright, Ed Calle and others, through in-class playing, recordings, and transcriptions.
This course will examine the various tonalities, meters and compositional structures that characterize the various music styles from the Mediterranean region. This is a survey course focused on the folk music from the Mediterranean with a spotlight on how melody is the defining and dominant feature of the music. Students will explore modal systems with limited harmonic progression and tonalities not always consistent with western tonal systems and metric forms. The influence of religious music, the differing ethnic traditions, and the sociocultural differences of the principal music sources will be reviewed and studied. Listening, performing, songwriting, and sight singing are the main activities of this course.