Courses

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

CW-P316

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Matthew Nicholl
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CW-216
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

This course presents an expanded development of material introduced in CW-216. Important concepts include: production and direction of vocal rehearsals and recording sessions; advanced production techniques including layering, stacking, compressing and mixing vocal tracks; study of diverse song styles and musical concepts that comprise them; observation of text/language and cultural influence in relation to vocal writing; further development of multi-part background writing; more refined utilization of harmonic tensions and reharmonization. Rubato and groove-oriented a cappella techniques will also be explored.

DANA-P111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Jeanine Cowen
Semesters Offered: Fall
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: AAOF
Location: Boston Campus

This course provides an introduction to African dance technique rooted in both traditional and contemporary styles. Students will learn steps from numerous African dances that reflect cultural lifestyles of people of Africa and the African diaspora. Emphasis will be placed on style and increased sensitivity to music through intensive work with accompanying musicians. The course’s goals are to develop an awareness of African dance technique and styles; to learn steps from specific African and African rooted dances; to increase versatility; to increase listening skills by working with live music using signals instead of counting; to increase cardiovascular conditioning; and to increase cultural awareness and familiarity with specific non-western dance styles.

DANH-P111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Jeanine Cowen
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: AAOF
Location: Boston Campus

This course provides an introduction through movement to the theory, practice, aesthetics, and historical foundations of hip-hop dance.  Students will explore the roots of funk and hip-hop dance in the social fabric of African, Caribbean, and Afro-Latin cultures while examining reinventions of ragtime, swing, and rock n’ roll throughout the 20th century in America. Historical and philosophical perspectives will be integrated into movement activities. The course's goals are to develop an awareness of hip-hop dance technique and styles; to learn steps from specific hip-hop dance forms; to increase cardiovascular conditioning, strength, coordination, and flexibility; and to increase understanding of hip-hop dance as a cultural document and to gain understanding of the history and impact of this form.

DANH-P211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Jeanine Cowen
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: None
Prerequisites: None
Department: AAOF
Location: Boston Campus

This course provides an in depth exploration of the theory, practice, aesthetics, and historical foundations of hip-hop dance. Students will explore the roots of funk and hip-hop dance in the social fabric of African, Caribbean, and Afro-Latin cultures while examining reinventions of ragtime, swing, and rock 'n' roll throughout the 20th century in America. Students will explore personal, social, and cultural dynamics of race and the diversity of hip-hop culture in the United States. The course's goals are to develop an awareness of hip-hop dance technique and styles; to learn steps from specific hip-hop dance forms; to increase cardiovascular conditioning, strength, coordination, and flexibility; and to increase understanding of hip-hop dance as a cultural document and to gain understanding of the history and impact of this form.

DANJ-P111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Jeanine Cowen
Semesters Offered: Fall
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: AAOF
Location: Boston Campus

This course provides an introduction to the study of jazzdance technique and exposure to the eclectic range of jazzdance from its African roots to the fusion of styles today. The warm-up integrates elements of foundational dance technique with the stylization and rhythmic complexity characteristic of jazzdance. The course focuses on developing strength, flexibility, coordination and clarity in movement. Students will learn jazz dance styles in relationship to the musical forms which inspired them (such as jazz, swing, and blues). The course emphasizes signature elements of jazzdancing such as syncopation, initiation of movement from multiple locations within the body, isolations of various body parts, and expressiveness. The course’s goals are to explore the traditions of jazz dance and its unique American heritage; to learn the elements of jazzdance and its stylistic range from the inherent influence of African dance through the American vernacular forms of the 20th century to the contemporary styles of today; to explore the fundamental connection between music and movement in jazzdance; and to develop foundational movement technique and skills, including an understanding of correct alignment, correct use of breath, coordination, and depth of physicality.

DANJ-P211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Jeanine Cowen
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: AAOF
Location: Boston Campus

This course provides an in-depth study of jazzdance technique and exposure to the eclectic range of jazzdance from its African roots to the fusion of styles today. The warm-up integrates elements of classical and "release" techniques with the stylization and rhythmic complexity characteristic of jazzdance. We will focus on developing strength and flexibility through alignment and correct use of the muscles and joints, in order to move with clarity and ease. Students will learn a wide range of jazz styles in relationship to the musical forms which inspired them (such as jazz, swing, and blues). We will emphasize signature elements of jazzdancing such as syncopation, initiation of movement from multiple locations within the body, isolations of various body parts, and expressiveness. The course's goals are to explore the traditions of jazzdance and its unique American heritage; to learn the elements of jazzdance and its stylistic range from the inherent influence of African dance through the American vernacular forms of the 20th century to the contemporary styles of today; to explore the fundamental connection between music and movement in jazzdance; and to develop dancers who are technically strong, somatically sophisticated, musical, and expressive.

ENBR-321

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

A brass quintet that performs a mixture of traditional and 20th-century music. Instrumentation: two trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba.

ENBR-336

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

This course is designed to focus on vocal performance for brass principals. Students may or may not have experience as vocalists. All classes will be geared towards the styles the individuals are interested in, emphasizing both singing and playing. Students will be asked to learn and perform new songs each week with the main emphasis being on the selection of correct keys, tempos, and styles. There will be a comparative analysis between vocal and instrumental phrasing, improvisation, and physiology. Students will also be exposed to performers who have been recognized and respected as both singers and horn players.

ENBR-P172

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

In this course trombonists will develop a viable practice routine as it pertains to ensemble playing in all the relevant styles for that instrument. They will learn to better perform together in all relevant idioms and styles. They will learn to transition between idioms and styles with improved control and skill.

ENBR-P272

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

In this advanced ensemble trombonists will develop a viable practice routine as it pertains to ensemble playing in all the relevant styles for the instrument. They will learn to better perform together in all relevant idioms and styles. They will learn to transition between idioms and styles with improved control and skill.

ENCL-200

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

Large vocal ensemble with emphasis on traditional and contemporary music stretching through a wide range of music genres. In this course, students will participate in weekly rehearsals. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Concert performances during the fall and spring semesters.

ENCL-201

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

The Women's Concert Choir is a choral group consisting of 12-40 women. Students will learn part-singing, blending, intonation, reading, and memorization through the repertoire, which will range from the standard classical choral repertoire to arrangements of musical theater works. A performance will be scheduled at the end of the semester. Voice principals and non-voice principals are eligible to audition.

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