Courses

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

ILVC-271

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principal PERF majors
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

A lab for vocalists providing an overview of sound-reinforcement equipment currently used in live performance and how to use it effectively. Topics will include basic system hookup, kinds of microphones, PA mixers, and speakers, how to EQ individual vocal channels, adding effects, use of monitors, and communicating effectively with the sound person.

ILVC-281

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: VOICE
Location:

Vocal lab concentrating on techniques and performance skills necessary for background singing in live performance venues. Topics include intonation, blend, rhythmic phrasing, riffs and embellishments, entrances and cutoffs, voicings, written versus head arrangements, stage presence, microphone settings, and microphone technique.

ILVC-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: ILVC-211 or ensemble rating 4 in reading (first digit of rating)
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

A continuation of ILVC-211. Additional concentration on singing lyrics on various chords, modes, and pentatonic scales in different time-feels and grooves.

ILVC-331

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: ILVC-121, ILVC-122, ILVC-123, or overall ensemble rating 4
Department: VOICE
Location:

A continuation of vocal styles study with emphasis on song interpretation, elements of style, microphone technique, stage presence, and rehearsing with a rhythm section.

ILVC-P117

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus
This course provides an extension of vocal technique and performance building skills that will support private lesson instruction. Students will better understand how their voices function, how to support their own vocal health, and how to apply vocal and performance techniques to a variety of contemporary and traditional styles of music. Students will receive straightforward, science-based information on the vocal function and this course will provide an opportunity for them to work on common vocal challenges and performance in a classroom environment. Students will learn techniques to protect their voices from misuse and overuse, benefit from observing and working with their classmates, and learn a holistic method of developing their unique, personal method of expression.

 

ILVC-P260

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: PIVC-112
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

In this course, students acquire the essential piano skills to self-accompany while singing. Students are encouraged to perform tunes from all genres for peer review, analyzing the most common voicings for each style and choosing what is genre-appropriate. Students evaluate key signatures to find which key works best for a given song, transposing and arranging a tune to highlight vocals, as well as adding intros, interludes, and codas. They also strategize about practicing and performing more difficult genres, such as r&b, which involve potentially complicated bass lines and rhythmic figures. Students examine tempos and how they effect a given song. Students also learn about stage performance and posture, practicing how to avoid looking at the keys; pedal use; optimum microphone position; and avoiding tension in the neck and shoulders or vocal strain during performance or practice.

ILWD-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

Reading studies, improvisational techniques, and practice routines in a variety of styles. Lab content is musically related to ensemble and private instrumental instruction materials.

ILWD-112

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: ILWD-111
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

Reading studies, improvisational techniques, and practice routines in a variety of styles. Lab content is musically related to ensemble and private instrumental instruction materials.

ILWD-113

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: ILWD-112
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

Reading studies, improvisational techniques, and practice routines in a variety of styles. Lab content is musically related to ensemble and private instrumental instruction materials.

ILWD-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

A lab designed to give beginning and intermediate woodwind students hands-on experience with jazz nomenclature, chord scale relationships, basic woodwind jazz articulation, jazz vocabulary, and standard jazz repertoire. In-class playing assignments will give students practice in the application of theoretical, technical, and stylistic improvisational skills. The study and performance of selected transcribed solos will support learning of specific stylistic woodwind concepts.

ILWD-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

A lab focusing on efficient and effective practice to develop sound, technique, articulation, and other fundamentals. Approaches to difficult passages; customization and personalization of practice routines; how to avoid common mistakes in practicing. Scales, arpeggios, and chromatic exercises are approached combining classical and jazz performance orientations. Consideration of flute players in both fields and the application of color, dynamic range, vibrato, articulation, breathing, and tone development. In addition to the material provided by the instructor, students will bring their own choice of jazz and/or classical pieces to perform in class. Basic and advanced material will be covered.

ILWD-241

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILWD-113
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

This course is designed to help the flutist develop a jazz style of playing through the study of various practice routines and the performance of standard jazz repertory. Students will perform on a weekly basis with sequenced practice routines and rhythm tracks of standard jazz tunes.

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