Required for all fifth-semester performance majors. Each student will perform three times during the semester. Students will critique one another's performances. Topics to be discussed will include repertoire, stage presence, constructive criticism, and mental preparation.
This class will teach string players how to be fluent and expressive readers of standard music notation. It involves learning how to process both the quantitative aspects (pitch, rhythm, and form) and the qualitative properties (phrasing, dynamics, articulation, etc.) of written music. Using a variety of styles, students in this class will work on recognizing common pitch patterns, rhythmic motives, and road maps (repeats, da capos, codas, parallel and contrast phrase structures, and typical harmonic progressions). Ear training skills will be emphasized to develop the strong inner hearing crucial for good reading. Upon completion of this course students will have improved their ability to read standard music notation fluently and musically in a variety of styles.
This lab develops further the concepts of ILST-111 String Reading Lab using more complex styles of music.
Advanced improvisational concepts and their application in strings. Reading charts with jazz phrasing, higher-level bowing, and left-hand development. Instrumentation: violin, viola.
Viola for Violinists develops the technical and reading skills necessary for violinists to function professionally as violists. This lab devotes substantial attention to C-string tone production, intonation, shifting, improvised harmonies, alto clef fluency, and sight-reading.
While this course is intended for string principals, interested students with violin experience are encouraged to take this course.
This course provides an understanding of the technology available for effective performances in nonacoustic situations. Topics covered include pickups, microphones, electric instruments, amplifiers, effects, stage sound/monitors, mixers, recording acoustic instruments, recording electric instruments, and how to take care of your acoustic instrument.
This is an interdivisional course that offers students in the String Department, Professional Writing Division, and Music Production and Engineering Department insight into how to operate most efficiently in the recording studio. The course will be divided into three or four sections of three weeks each. In each section, all participants will meet in the recording studio to record one or more works written by a writing division student for strings, or strings with other tracks previously recorded.
Introductory lab for singers to further develop listening skills, reading notation, concepts of rhythm, intervals, chord changes, time-feels, and grooves applied to singing lyrics and pitches simultaneously; sight-reading will include lead sheets, sheet music, and specific vocal arrangements.
Introductory lab for singers focusing on skills necessary for repertoire development. These include finding the right key for a song, transposition, development of lead sheets, and basic self-accompanying skills necessary to learn songs independently. The goal of the course is to develop self-sufficiency for vocalists in learning new material.
This lab is designed to increase body awareness and develop the stage presence and performance skills of vocalists through the use of acting techniques. Improvisational acting methods will be utilized in song performances.
A lab for non-voice principals designed to address the basic elements of singing: breath management, intonation, tone quality, and phrasing. Students will participate in periodic self-assessment, including videotaping of in-class performance.