Courses

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

ILST-121

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: String principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: STRG
Location: Boston Campus

Advanced improvisational concepts and their application in strings. Reading charts with jazz phrasing, higher-level bowing, and left-hand development. Instrumentation: violin, viola.

ILST-125

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: String principals
Prerequisites: None (string principals); by written approval of course instructor (other instrument principals)
Department: STRG
Location: Boston Campus

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.

ILST-240

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: String principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: STRG
Location: Boston Campus

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.

ILST-250

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: David Wallace
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: String principals
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: STRG
Location: Boston Campus

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.

ILVC-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principals
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: ET-111
Department: VOICE
Location: Boston Campus

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.

ILVC-115

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

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.

ILVC-117

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-151

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 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.

ILVC-210

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

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.

ILVC-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principals
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.

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