Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

PSBS-225

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Bass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Application of scales, modes, arpeggios, and passing tones to improvisation on the bass. Study of repertoire and recordings is utilized to discuss and analyze major bass styles and performers.

PSBS-321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4, PIBS-211, or by audition
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

A systematic approach to forming well-defined bass lines. The topics covered include writing bass lines, outlining chord sound and approach techniques, rhythmic effects, broken time-feels, and the use of pedals. Students are required to demonstrate various topics by performing their written bass lines over given chord progressions.

PSBS-331

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: ET-211 or ET-231; and PIBS-211 (PERF majors) or PIBS-212 (other majors)
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

A performance history of the electric bass from the 1950s to the present. This survey will include a detailed study of selected electric bass masters including Monk Montgomery, James Jamerson, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Will Lee. Students will transcribe and analyze selected bass parts and present their findings.

PSBS-341

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: PERF majors
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: ET-211 or ET-231, and bass private instruction level 4
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Students will transcribe and perform solos and lines of major bass players in jazz. Projects chosen to reflect many different styles found throughout the history of jazz. Emphasis on major innovators including Pops Foster, Walter Page, Slam Stewart, Jimmy Blanton, Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers, and Scott LaFaro.

PSBS-375

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4 or PIBS-212
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Development of a personal approach to improvisation through application of motivic development, harmolodic phrasing, and descriptive imagery through musical expression: dynamics, emotions, colors, shapes, and textures. Study of techniques found in the music of Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Lester Bowie, Charlie Haden, Cecil McBee, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, John Scofield, Dave Holland, and other improvisers.

PSBS-425

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Application of modern and traditional techniques of improvisation for bass. Creating melodic and harmonic concepts through the tools of scales, arpeggios, modal harmony, reharmonization, and rhythmic interpretation. Analysis and application of the principles of harmonic progression in improvisation.

PSBS-P345

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PIBS-112
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Chronological study of bass performance and styles in Latin America.

PSGT-211

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: ILGT-119 or by audition
Department: GUIT
Location: Boston Campus

Application of modes and pentatonic scales in performance with prerecorded rhythm section tapes. Comping and melodic embellishment techniques in a variety of settings (Latin/rock, jazz/rock, fusion, bossa nova, and blues). Midterm and final exams: student performance of solo with accompanying comping or rhythm part.

PSGT-212

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: PSGT-211 or by audition
Department: GUIT
Location: Boston Campus

Continuation of PSGT-211. Application of altered scales derived from melodic and harmonic minor in performance with prerecorded rhythm section tapes. Melodic embellishment and phrasing, comping, and rhythm techniques relevant to rock/flamenco, fusion, Latin/rock, samba, and jazz waltz. Midterm and final projects: student performance of solo with accompanying comping or rhythm part.

PSGT-221

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: GUIT
Location: Boston Campus

Analysis of contemporary guitar styles and effects. Lectures by professionals in various styles. Focus on jazz, rock, and country, as well as styles of specific artists. Emphasis on performance. Assigned student projects.

PSGT-225

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: PIGT-112
Department: GUIT
Location: Boston Campus

Instrumental class for the guitar principal emphasizing chord solo guitar styles, traditional guitar literature employing right-hand pick techniques, and rhythm guitar styles applicable to small group and orchestral performance.

PSGT-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: PSGT-212 or by audition
Department: GUIT
Location: Boston Campus

Continuation of PSGT-212. Symmetric scales and additional altered modes; chord scale possibilities explored through harmonic analysis. Chord voicings and comping techniques in jazz, Latin, funk, and ballad styles. Midterm and final projects: student performance of solo and comping part with prerecorded tape.

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