With emphasis on R&B, rock/funk, swing, motown, and pop styles, this course explores the study of small hand percussion: tambourine, shakers, cowbells, and cabasa, as well as congas, bongos, and timbales, individually as well as in combination with each other to form multiple percussion setups. Transitions, groove building, and coordination techniques will be analyzed in class. Chart reading and interpretation, as well as some transcription techniques, will be covered throughout the semester. Knowledge of basic conga techniques is strongly recommended.
An intensive study of Guinean music from the Susu, Mandinka, Fulani, Bambara, Soninke, and Baga speaking people of French West Africa. Areas of focus include; interlocking support rhythms, call and response dialogues, and beat transposition along with unconventional hand and stick technique. Students will learn primarily from an oral tradition approach.
In this course, students with no prior mallet experience will develop fundamental skills, including four-mallet technique, pedaling and dampening, through the execution of melodies and harmonic progressions drawn from The Great American Songbook, as well as other popular and classical musical literature. Basic improvisation techniques are also introduced.
In this course, students will develop and refine mallet keyboard playing skills including the four mallet grip, playing scales with various sticking combinations, dampening techniques and sight-reading. Students also will learn about and apply concepts in music theory, improvisation, and chord voicings. In addition, students will play and improvise on compositions that address many styles.
This class teaches students to develop musicianship skills by concentrating on the integration of harmony, melody, rhythm and dynamics through analysis and performance. Additionally, students will be able to identify melodic/harmonic movement in a single line piece.
This course emphasizes skills essential for marimbists and percussionists to develop a personalized repertoire and contribute to performance literature for marimba. Students will learn to adapt music for marimba (and other mallet and percussion instruments) from sources such as music for guitar, piano, string quartet, orchestra, and pop bands. Some may opt to arrange music based on lead sheets or transcribe music from recordings. Students will sight-read, rehearse, and perform each other’s projects. Performances in an end-of-term concert will be scheduled. In addition, works composed for the marimba will be studied and performed to provide an overview of the range of available literature, performance styles, and leading performers worldwide.
Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing reading studies in a variety of idioms. This course increases sight-reading abilities through exposure to traditionally notated materials.
Continuation of ILPN-111. Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing more challenging reading studies in a variety of idioms. This course increases sight-reading abilities through exposure to traditionally notated materials.
Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing comping studies and the application of these techniques to a variety of idioms. Recorded material for play-along purposes.
Continuation of ILPN -121. Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing more challenging comping studies and the application of these techniques to a variety of idioms. Recorded materials for play-along purposes.
Practical training in the kind of reading and comping skills necessary for successful ensemble participation, such as introductions, endings, fills, notational practices, and style awareness. Recorded material for play-along purposes.
Continuation of ILPN-122 emphasizing more advanced voicing techniques. Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing comping studies, including rhythm, and the application of these techniques to the jazz idiom. Recorded material for play-along purposes.