Courses

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

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-115

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

This course teaches efficient and mindful practice techniques in order to maximize the outcome of students’ practice sessions. Practicing is often a lonely and unfocused state. In order to become more efficient and connected to practicing, players need to share their practice journeys with each other. In this course, students will keep practice journals for assessment of progress and reflection, share students’ practice videos for assistance and comments, monitor personal focus in the practice journal, identify issues, and make suggestions for improvement. Through a shared critical lens, students will learn how to effectively and efficiently practice their instruments. This course is housed in the Woodwind Department but is open to all students. 

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.

ILWD-312

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5, ET-211, and HR-211, HR-213, or HR-215
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

This course focuses on the study of atonal or "free" improvisation, over structured harmonic continuity, through the use of triads. The four triad groups are used (major, minor, augmented, and diminished). They are played in random sequences where the concept of any triad over any chord is implemented. This gives the improviser complete harmonic and rhythmic freedom over the flow of traditional chord structures. After the study of triadic freedom with only one half step in between each triad group, the student moves on to the study of George Garzone's RCA (Random Chromatic Approach). This concept restricts the improviser to play chromatically up and down the length of the instrument, without expanding larger than a major third as the widest interval. Once students master the RCA, a combination of the four triad groups is used with the RCA played in between each triad to give the sound a kind of bebop flow. With the four triad groups and the RCA, this sound is placed over the harmonic continuity to cause a random harmonic non-sound, based off of the twelve-tone row.

ILWD-315

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Walter Smith (Woodwind)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Flute principals
Prerequisites: HR-112, AR-111, and overall ensemble rating 5
Department: WWND
Location: Boston Campus

This course will introduce jazz articulation applications on flute and tonguing techniques. Students learn about jazz flute players past and present. Weekly assignments introduce jazz standards, improvisation techniques, jazz flute articulation applications, and jazz flute études. Midterm and finals include transcribing a flute (or possible other instrument) solo.

ILWD-321

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

The study of the flute as a doubling instrument for all majors, from beginners to more advanced instrumentalists. Fundamentals of embouchure, breathing, intonation, articulation, and technique are studied, using representative methods, études, and solos. Emphasis is placed on establishing good practice routines. 

ILWD-322

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

The study of the clarinet as a doubling instrument for the woodwind principal. Fundamentals of embouchure, breathing, and technique are presented using representative methods, ‚études, and solos. Emphasis is placed on doubling situations.

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