Strings Courses

The string department offers a broad array of diverse courses.

PFSS-361

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: String principal PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: STRG

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.

PFSS-P362

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: STRG

This course will survey and analyze a number of styles that form the bedrock of American popular music. These styles include blues, gospel, folk, country, Cajun, tejano, and Native American. Students will learn through transcribing, intensive immersion in listening, and viewing videotape footage.

PFSS-P363

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: String, bass, guitar, and voice principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: STRG

Historical listening and performance class covering the tributaries of Bill Monroe's music (old time country music, blues, and swing) and tracing the development of the styles from 1945 to the present day. Extensive transcription projects and in-class performance will be emphasized.

PIST-111

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: STRG

Principal instrument study level 1 string.

PIST-112

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-111
Department Code: STRG

Principal instrument study level 2 string.

PIST-211

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-112
Department Code: STRG

Principal instrument study level 3 string.

PIST-212

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-211
Department Code: STRG

Principal instrument study level 4 string.

PIST-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-212
Department Code: STRG

Principal instrument study level 5 string.

PIST-312

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principals: MUED, PROM, and PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-311
Department Code: STRG

Principal instrument study level 6 string.

PIST-411

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-312
Department Code: STRG

Principal instrument study level 7 string.

PIST-412

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-411
Department Code: STRG

Principal instrument study level 8 string.

PSHR-P270

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: STRG

This course will introduce students to the theory of musical cultures in the eastern Mediterranean basin and North Africa. Course work will include listening and analysis, in-class performance on instruments and voice, and theoretical analysis of the maqam system, modulation, and improvisational schemes. The course will include also learning iqa, the complex rhythmic modes that go hand in hand with forms based on the maqam.

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