Courses

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

ILBR-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: ILBR-122 or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

This course continues the materials presented in ILBR-121 and ILBR-122, and applies them to improvising on blues forms and diatonic song forms in more advanced keys. In addition to learning to improvise on these sets of changes, the student will also memorize a basic set of appropriate tunes.

ILBR-222

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Brass principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

Advanced Brass Improvisation Lab is designed for those brass students who have an overall ensemble rating of 4, and new students who demonstrate moderate-to-advanced improvisational skills. The material covered is a continuation of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211, and focuses on developing the advanced improvisational abilities required in contemporary music.

ILBR-335

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

Students will be introduced to technology applications available for use by brass players in real-time performance situations. Emphasis will be on the use of technology as an extension of the instruments.

ILBR-P337

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean C. Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

This course will explore the fundamentals on how to build a successful commercial brass section. Primary emphasis will be placed on the big band stylistic phrasing of Duke Ellington, to the modern day funk and R&B horn lines of Stevie Wonder; Tower of Power; Earth, Wind, & Fire; Al Jarreau; and more. Concentrated study of specific duties within the brass section will also apply to this course, i.e. lead playing, section playing, soloistic styles pertaining to specific genre, as well as proper usage of mute techniques. Emphasis of learning how to listen across the brass section via concentrated study of past and present recordings will also enable students to perceive and interpret section playing at an advanced to professional level.

ILBS-110

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All except bass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

This course provides non-bassists with a working knowledge and ability to perform basic bass parts and bass lines. Developing a good sound, fretboard knowledge, right and left hand technique, basic major and minor scales, arpeggios, and common patterns inherent to the bass guitar will be covered.

ILBS-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Instrumental lab for bass principals emphasizing the basic techniques and styles of bass playing in a variety of idioms.

ILBS-112

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILBS-111
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Continuation of ILBS-111.

ILBS-115

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

General physical and mechanical aspects of playing the double bass and electric bass (four-, five-, and six-string) will be covered in depth, along with proper performance practices. Topics will include instrument construction, repair, and maintenance; proper body posture for effective bass playing; physical problems associated with performance; theoretical make-up of the fingerboard; and proper fingering concepts of both hands. This course is meant to be a basics manual for the bassist. Student participation via performance in class will be required.

ILBS-121

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Bass principals
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Instrumental lab for bass principals emphasizing the construction and performance of bass lines through chord changes in standard, popular, and jazz tunes.

ILBS-130

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

 


Hands-on training using current digital equipment and electronic effect devices including reverbs, delays, EQ, compressors, distortion, loopers, and synth-modules. The goal is to develop a comprehensive understanding of these effects, including practical skills in order to master their use in actual performance situations.

 

ILBS-141

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: PIBS-111
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Study, through performance, of a wide variety of rock bass playing techniques from the '60s through the '90s. Students will perform transcriptions, read and sight read typical bass lines, and demonstrate general and specific aspects of a particular rock bass style.

ILBS-181

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Intended primarily for electric bass players, this lab focuses on basic concepts of double bass playing: fingering, bowing, and sound production. Students are required to have access to a double bass and a bow for use in class and practice.

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