Courses

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

ILVC-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: ILVC-111
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

A continuation of ILVC-111. Additional concentration on singing lyrics on chord tones, seventh chords, minor chords, and modes in different time-feels and grooves.

ILVC-220

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: ET-111 and PW-111
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

This course provides singers with the opportunity to gain mastery of the knowledge and skills they learn in their core music classes. Students put their theory knowledge into practice with melodic and rhythmic patterns using solfege, piano, and music notation.

ILVC-260

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.

ILVC-271

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
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.

ILWD-110

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

In this course, classically trained woodwind students will gain hands-on experience with jazz nomenclature, chord/scale relationships, basic woodwind jazz articulation, jazz vocabulary, and standard jazz repertoire. This course emphasizes helping classically trained performers gain the confidence to improvise and uses classical concepts and terminology to bridge the gap into the jazz world before introducing the jazz terminology. In-class playing assignments will give students practice in the application of theoretical, technical, and stylistic improvisational skills. Specific stylistic woodwind concepts are reinforced through the study and performance of selected transcribed solos.

ILWD-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
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-213

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

This course teaches students how to produce a crystal clear sound on saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone) and clarinet (soprano and bass). Topics covered include: embouchure and lip placement, airstream flow and movement, intonation, longtone exercises, volume control and performance, low volume playing, subtone, overtone and harmonics, mouthpiece/reeds usage, projection, and maintaining consistent practice routines even while traveling. Students will develop the discipline necessary to use a correct practical routine which will help them develop a strong and solid sound, and will also acquire the flexibility to apply this knowledge in a creative way. 

ILWD-215

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith (Woodwind)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

This course examines jazz with a focus on understanding the provenance of the music itself; in this case, the African continent, and in particular West African countries such as (modern day names) Benin, Togo, Senegal, and others. This class will focus on exploring the music of some of these cultures and in particular students will discuss and learn the rhythms that connect the music from these countries to their musical culture here in the United States and in the Americas. They will learn rhythms such as bembé and Abakuá and others, and how these are connected to jazz music.

ILWD-217

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

In this course, students will learn how to use technology as an extension of their instrument in a solo setting. In-depth presentations and hands-on interaction with a wide variety of FX pedals are combined with required weekly lab use to provide students with an extensive survey of sonic possibilities. Students learn to use preamps, equalizers, harmonizers, delay, reverb, envelope filter, chorus, phasers, and compressors in coordination with a loop station culminating in a solo performance as the class’s final. Various assignments and projects along the way will help refine students' visions for the final exam.

ILWD-219

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

This course focuses on the study and application of the improvisational approaches developed by John Coltrane during his first three periods: hard bop, tonic systems, and modal jazz. For each of the three periods, Coltrane’s improvisational vocabulary, harmonic and rhythmic approach, repertoire, and unique techniques will be covered. Students will gain a working understanding of these various approaches as well as an ability to apply them to their own music in their own way. In-class playing, transcriptions, handouts, and systematic approaches will be covered. Transcriptions will be analyzed in class.

ILWD-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

A continuation of ILWD-211 Woodwind Improvisational Lab 1, designed for the intermediate woodwind principal. Continued work with chord scales, jazz articulation, and standard jazz repertoire; study and performance of jazz solo transcriptions.

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