Strings Courses

The string department offers a broad array of diverse courses.

Survey of Contemporary String Styles

PFSS-361

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Melissa Howe
Offered: Spring Only
Required of: String principal PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: 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.

Survey of American Roots Music Styles

PFSS-P362

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Melissa Howe
Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: 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.

Bluegrass Traditions and Contemporary Trends

PFSS-P363

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Melissa Howe
Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: String, bass, guitar, and voice principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: 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.

Private Instruction 1 - String

PIST-111

Course Chair: Melissa Howe
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: STRG

Principal instrument study level 1 string.

Private Instruction 2 - String

PIST-112

Course Chair: Melissa Howe
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-111
Department: STRG

Principal instrument study level 2 string.

Private Instruction 3 - String

PIST-211

Course Chair: Melissa Howe
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-112
Department: STRG

Principal instrument study level 3 string.

Private Instruction 4 - String

PIST-212

Course Chair: Melissa Howe
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-211
Department: STRG

Principal instrument study level 4 string.

Private Instruction 5 - String

PIST-311

Course Chair: Melissa Howe
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All String principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-212
Department: STRG

Principal instrument study level 5 string.

Private Instruction 6 - String

PIST-312

Course Chair: Melissa Howe
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principals: MUED, PROM, and PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-311
Department: STRG

Principal instrument study level 6 string.

Private Instruction 7 - String

PIST-411

Course Chair: Melissa Howe
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-312
Department: STRG

Principal instrument study level 7 string.

Private Instruction 8 - String

PIST-412

Course Chair: Melissa Howe
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: String principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIST-411
Department: STRG

Principal instrument study level 8 string.

Traditional Microtonal Theory and Application

PSHR-P270

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Melissa Howe
Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: 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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