Preparation for a career as a theater and pit musician, including Broadway shows, Las Vegas, Hollywood, cruise ships, and film. Study of all woodwind instruments and techniques with concentration on tone quality, intonation, and facility. Instruments include: clarinets (piccolo, soprano, bass and contra-alto); saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone); flute/piccolo; and oboe, English horn, and bassoon. Discussions will include instrument setup and arrangement, reeds, and performance problems, and other related topics such as resumes, musician contracts, and percentages for doubles.
This course continues ILWD-323 and prepares students for a career as a theater and pit musician, including Broadway shows, Las Vegas, Hollywood, cruise ships, and film. This course covers double reed instruments, with concentration on tone quality, intonation, and facility. Instruments include: oboe/English horn and bassoon.
The study of the MIDI wind controller as a doubling instrument. Fundamentals of technique are presented with representative literature and MIDI sequences using various kinds of synthesized voices. Instruments will be provided for student use. Students are recommended to have an intermediate level of woodwind experience.
A study of the core works essential for any professional flutist's repertoire. Through an interactive master class setting, students will learn performance practices in a wide range of styles, including baroque, classical, and 19th-century; explorations of extended and experimental techniques found in 20th- and 21st-century compositions for the flute; and selections from flute music from around the world. Students will work with their own accompanists, including piano, guitar, and harp, and perform frequently, including in an end-of-semester in-class or public concert.
The art of phrasing is becoming a lost skill. What makes a good musical phrase? What makes musical interpretation convincing? With the advent of computer-generated files such as Finale, the ability to understand and notate the language of music is diminishing with each generation. Although it is classically based, the ability to translate notated music into a breathing phrase transcends style; interpretation is a critical element of good musicianship. In this class, students will learn the classical definition of phrasing, and use musical ‚études to improve the execution of musical sentences. They will improve their understanding of scores and interpretation through the study and performance of written music.
Study of characteristic rhythms, articulation, phrasing, and improvisation techniques necessary to perform and interpret music in various Latin styles. Creative and effective use of these skills in the student's own improvisational style.
This course studies the characteristic rhythms, articulation, phrasing, and improvisation techniques necessary to perform and interpret music in various Brazilian styles. Students learn creative and effective use of these skills in their own improvisational style. Students will discern and use jazz and Brazilian style articulations appropriately, and understand how they can be used in improvisation. They will be able to improve their technique and improvisation skills that relate to those styles.
A course for advanced woodwind students wishing to improve their sight-reading skills. Reading exercises will cover a wide range of styles including swing, bebop, funk, Latin, odd-meter jazz, and various studio styles. The course will draw heavily from the required text Creative Reading Studies by Joseph Viola. Other materials to be used include selected ‚études, transcribed solos, and exercises designed by the instructor(s). The course will focus primarily on line reading, although exercises that target chord-change reading may also be included.
Aspects and techniques of playing in a saxophone section within the big band context: lead playing, blending with the lead and with the brass section, and section soli playing.
An intensive performance lab that prepares students for professional auditions for musical organizations, particularly orchestras. Learn to recognize what is necessary to successfully prepare, study, and practice for auditions. Weekly mock auditions and study of audition repertoire will help the student become more confident with the audition process. Students will also learn to evaluate performances by serving on the mock audition committees.