Brass Courses

ILBR-335

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: Written approval of instructor and course chair
Department Code: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

ILBR-P337

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean C. Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

This course will explore the fundamentals on how to build a successful commercial brass section. Primary emphasis will be placed on the big band stylistic phrasing of Duke Ellington, to the modern day funk and R&B horn lines of Stevie Wonder; Tower of Power; Earth, Wind, & Fire; Al Jarreau; and more. Concentrated study of specific duties within the brass section will also apply to this course, i.e. lead playing, section playing, soloistic styles pertaining to specific genre, as well as proper usage of mute techniques. Emphasis of learning how to listen across the brass section via concentrated study of past and present recordings will also enable students to perceive and interpret section playing at an advanced to professional level.

LHAN-351

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

A course tracing the development of the music of Miles Davis. Examination and discussion of the evolution of his playing and writing styles. Concentration on the listening and analysis of improvised solos, tunes, forms, harmonic practice, and his influence on other performers.

PFSS-321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principal PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

PIBR-111

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Brass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: BRASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 1 brass.

PIBR-112

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Brass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBR-111
Department Code: BRASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 2 brass.

PIBR-211

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Brass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBR-112
Department Code: BRASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 3 brass.

PIBR-212

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Brass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBR-211
Department Code: BRASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 4 brass.

PIBR-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All Brass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBR-212
Department Code: BRASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 5 brass.

PIBR-312

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals: MUED, PROM, and PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBR-311
Department Code: BRASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 6 brass.

PIBR-411

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBR-312
Department Code: BRASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 7 brass.

PIBR-412

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Brass principals: PERF majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBR-411
Department Code: BRASS
Location:

Principal instrument study level 8 brass.

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