Courses

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

ILBS-361

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: ILBS-364, PIBS-212, or ensemble rating 5 in reading (first digit of rating)
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

A performance lab focusing on the development, interpretation, and performance of bass lines in the Latin jazz ensemble setting. Includes the study of characteristic melodies in this style.

ILBS-364

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 5 in reading (first digit of rating)
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Development of effective ability to sight-read typical bass parts in Latin styles. Patterns derived using actual recordings in specific idioms, including son, songo, cha-cha, bolero, merengue, and salsa.

ILBS-385

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

A bass lab designed to explore, examine, and perform both traditional and contemporary gospel music. This course will introduce the student to various styles of gospel, including hymns, spirituals, praise, and worship. This course will also explore major figures in the genre, such as Abraham Laboriel, Joel Smith, Andrew Gouche, and Fred Hammond, and their inspirations and mentors, including Anthony Jackson, Marcus Miller, John Patitucci, and Jimmy Haslip. Students will study from both historical and musical/technical perspectives, including the relationship between bass and organ, learning quickly by rote, and pertinent harmonic considerations for the various styles within gospel.

ILBS-421

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 4444 or PIBS-212
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Methods of approach to, and practice in, reading examples of high difficulty in various music styles including classical, jazz, and rock.

ILBS-481

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: ILBS-284, ILBS-331, or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

A lab for bass principals that uses the cello suites of J.S. Bach to develop arco performance skills. The goals of the course are to build technique using the bow and musicality through the study of masterpieces. Students will be assigned individual movements of a suite and perform in a master-class setting.

ILBS-P264

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All bass and percussion principals
Prerequisites:
Department: PERF
Location: Boston Campus

This course will use the study of Afro-Cuban music as a departure point into other styles, demonstrating how to apply folkloric elements to jazz, funk, rock, pop, odd-meters, and hybrid rhythms over a common pulse. Numerous styles will be analyzed, studied, and memorized. This course is designed to allow the student to gain a working knowledge of Afro-Cuban music and its application to other styles, and refine groove and articulation.

ILBS-P291

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

Students will study through performance of transcriptions from various artists in the indie rock style. Weekly lessons will consist of harmonic, rhythmic, and technical aspects of indie rock bass playing, including finger style, pick style, bass effects, and bass line construction. The lab emphasizes modern indie rock repertoire. 

ILBS-P292

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Steve Bailey
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BASS
Location: Boston Campus

Students will study through performance of transcriptions from various bassists in the punk and hardcore styles. Each bassist covered has had a signature approach that has greatly influenced the genre. Weekly lessons will consist of harmonic, rhythmic, and technical aspects of punk and hardcore bass playing. The repertoire will range from the beginnings to the modern forms of the genres. 

ILEN-333

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: MTEC-111
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

Students will develop basic skills using the turntable both as a means of live expression and performance and as a production tool. Weekly hands-on exercises will be emphasized. The course traces the historical development of the turntable from its origins in Jamaican music through its importance as a major expression of hip-hop culture, and to the turntable's prominence in contemporary music. Artistic, ethical, and legal issues surrounding the use of the turntable will be examined. For students with little or no prior experience.

ILGT-115

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

A lab for the non-guitar principal focusing on technique for the development of basic lead, comping, and soloing skills for effective performance. Students are required to provide their own acoustic or electric guitar.

ILGT-119

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: GUIT
Location: Boston Campus

Instrumental labs for guitar principals with a minimum of second-semester standing. Offered in stylistically delineated sections (jazz, rock, funk, fusion, blues), these labs develop performance skills in the specified style.

ILGT-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: GUIT
Location: Boston Campus

A lab focusing on the development of lead, comping, and soloing skills necessary for effective performance in an ensemble. Aids to skills development include a graphic/electronic repertoire of rhythm tracks that provides effective ensemble environments. Planned outcomes include successful transition into the college ensemble program.

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