Courses

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

PSIM-P421

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: PERF
Location: Boston Campus

Course work will focus on the performance and development of advanced rhythmic vocabulary within the jazz idiom employing the following genre styles: Afro-Cuban; South American (Brazilian, Argentinian, Venezuelan, Peruvian); Iberian (Spanish) rhythms such as flamenco and its various palos; and Spanish folklore rhythms such as Aragonese Jota, Sevillanas, txalaparta, and its odd time signatures. Performance will include compositions by instructor as well as other composers and students. Students will participate as leaders, performers, and composers/arrangers, and will have a chance to experiment with grooves created from the vocabulary studied.

PSIS-P364

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: String and guitar principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: STRG
Location: Boston Campus

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.

PSME-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED majors
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: MUED
Location: Boston Campus

In this performance class for music education majors, students prepare for solo and ensemble presentations. Students demonstrate proficiency in voice and on their instruments.

 

PSMT-P341

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: MUED, PERF, and PROM majors
Prerequisites: ILVC-151 or ENVC-P270
Department Code: PFDV
Location: Boston Campus

This course provides an introduction to stage directing, focusing on the director as a leader and collaborator during a theatrical production. This class teaches students how to manage time and personnel before and during the rehearsal process; explores topics such as script analysis, rehearsal techniques, stage blocking and usage; and explores techniques for effective communication with designers, producers, stage managers, and other theatrical personnel. The course requires engagement of analytical, spatial, and critical thinking skills, as well as writing and creative skills, to deliver effective storytelling for the stage.

PSPC-231

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Drum set, vibraphone, hand percussion, and total percussion principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PERC
Location: Boston Campus

Survey and application of improvisation in both solo and ensemble contexts. Categories of studies include traditional/standard forms, (AABA, blues etc.), soloing over vamps, ostinato, melodic, thematic and textural approaches, use of various rhythmic techniques including polyrhythm, metric modulation, reduction etc. Emphasis is on increasing rhythmic skills, coordination and style/vernacular integration while developing a singular, personal voice. Projects will be divided into two general categories: abstract (imagery pieces, imagination and exploration, free forms) and non-abstract (specific goals and structures, concrete forms, multiple meters, rhythm, and stylistic context).

PSPC-341

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: All percussion principals
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-212
Department Code: PERC
Location: Boston Campus

This is a comprehensive course on studio drumming that allows students to learn and apply pertinent techniques in a studio recording environment. The course covers analysis of today’s top studio recording drummers and producers (Vinnie Colaiuta, Brian Blade, Brice Wassy, Jeff Porcaro, Daniel Lanois, etc.), tuning and miking the drum set, usage of click tracks, performing to prerecorded tracks, drum set reading and interpretation, and auxiliary percussion parts, as well as a variety of grooves and styles, from the generic to odd time signatures to electronic music. 

PSPC-P400

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: PERC
Location: Boston Campus

This is a comprehensive course on becoming a self-produced drummer, designed to give students the ability to add his/her drum tracks to projects via the Internet, without ever having to be physically present in the originating studio. The student will acquire the skills to record studio quality audio tracks to sessions that have been downloaded, and then upload the newly recorded tracks to send back for insertion into the original project. The students will learn how to create an inexpensive project studio and get hands-on experience in the use of baffling and miking procedures, in preparing an accurate triggering system, in applying tuning and dampening for acoustic triggering, and creating live environments for electronic drums, midi sequencing, etc. 

PSPN-335

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephany Tiernan
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

This course offers a step-by-step approach to improvising contrapuntally in a solo piano context. Emphasis on walking bass lines through a series of rhythmic/melodic motives gives the pianist a basis for gaining the independence required to simultaneously improvise in a linear or chordal manner in the right hand. This eventually leads to multi-voice improvisation. Artists studied and transcribed include Lennie Tristano, Dave McKenna, Bill Evans, Brad Mehldau, Oscar Peterson, and Diana Krall. Weekly class performance includes repertoire of the jazz standard literature.

PSPR-345

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-211
Department Code: PERF
Location: Boston Campus

This class will be geared toward rhythm section players and singers, and will cover all aspects of country music. Analysis of major instrumentalists and styles of playing, including Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Ricky Skaggs, Doc Watson, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The class will also take an in-depth look at the making of country music (Nashville number system, etc.). Discussion of the styles of music as well as the different instruments (Dobro, steel guitar, lap guitar, fiddle, etc.), and the difference between singing bluegrass and singing country music (phrasing as well as timbre of the voice). Also included is an overview of the Nashville scene.

PSPR-361

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

A performance-based study of the musical style originated by Motown Records, which, under the leadership of founder/president Berry Gordy, musically bridged racial lines during the highly sensitive period of the Civil Rights Movement. Analysis and performance of music by such artists as Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, and Gladys Knight and the Pips. An end-of-semester public performance is normally scheduled.

PSPR-362

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

This course is intended to provide an opportunity for students to identify, recognize, and study the great creators, performers, and pioneers of rock and popular music. This course will provide student performers and writers a better understanding of the historical, stylistic, and technical subtleties of the various pop and rock genres. Course work will culminate in an end-of-semester concert or recital performance. Assigned library listening, transcribing, and notation of individual parts will be required on a weekly basis. Creating arrangements of selected material will be optional for ensemble members. Instrumentation: male and female vocalists, mixed horns, piano, two guitars, bass, drums, and hand percussion.

PSPR-363

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: PERF
Location:

A study integrating performance of the progressive rock style of the '70s: repertoire, instrumentation, forms, sound, and other musical elements leading to emulation and creative reproduction of this musical genre.

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