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ILPH-P151

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All except percussion principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: PERC
Location: Boston Campus

Comprehensive study of hand drumming techniques and rhythmic patterns on the most popular African drum: the djembe. Learn correct and effective djembe playing technique and posture, and both soloing and improvisational concepts, which are essential in the performance of contemporary and traditional African music. Please note that students must provide their own djembe. 

ILPM-121

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

In this course, students with no prior mallet experience will develop fundamental skills, including four-mallet technique, pedaling and dampening, through the execution of melodies and harmonic progressions drawn from The Great American Songbook, as well as other popular and classical musical literature. Basic improvisation techniques are also introduced.

ILPM-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPM-121 or overall ensemble rating 2
Department: PERC
Location: Boston Campus

In this course, students will develop and refine mallet keyboard playing skills including the four mallet grip, playing scales with various sticking combinations, dampening techniques and sight-reading. Students also will learn about and apply concepts in music theory, improvisation, and chord voicings. In addition, students will play and improvise on compositions that address many styles. 

ILPM-231

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: HR-112 and overall ensemble rating 3
Department: PERC
Location: Boston Campus

This class teaches students to develop musicianship skills by concentrating on the integration of harmony, melody, rhythm and dynamics through analysis and performance. Additionally, students will be able to identify melodic/harmonic movement in a single line piece.

ILPM-341

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Marimba, total percussion, and vibraphone principals
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: PERC
Location: Boston Campus

This course emphasizes skills essential for marimbists and percussionists to develop a personalized repertoire and contribute to performance literature for marimba. Students will learn to adapt music for marimba (and other mallet and percussion instruments) from sources such as music for guitar, piano, string quartet, orchestra, and pop bands. Some may opt to arrange music based on lead sheets or transcribe music from recordings. Students will sight-read, rehearse, and perform each other’s projects. Performances in an end-of-term concert will be scheduled. In addition, works composed for the marimba will be studied and performed to provide an overview of the range of available literature, performance styles, and leading performers worldwide.

ILPN-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing reading studies in a variety of idioms. This course increases sight-reading abilities through exposure to traditionally notated materials.

ILPN-112

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-111 or overall ensemble rating 2
Department: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Continuation of ILPN-111. Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing more challenging reading studies in a variety of idioms. This course increases sight-reading abilities through exposure to traditionally notated materials.

ILPN-121

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing comping studies and the application of these techniques to a variety of idioms. Recorded material for play-along purposes.

ILPN-122

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-121 or overall ensemble rating 2
Department: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Continuation of ILPN -121. Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing more challenging comping studies and the application of these techniques to a variety of idioms. Recorded materials for play-along purposes.

ILPN-213

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-113 and ILPN-122 or overall ensemble rating 3
Department: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Practical training in the kind of reading and comping skills necessary for successful ensemble participation, such as introductions, endings, fills, notational practices, and style awareness. Recorded material for play-along purposes.

ILPN-224

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Piano principals
Prerequisites: ILPN-122 or overall ensemble rating 3
Department: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Continuation of ILPN-122 emphasizing more advanced voicing techniques. Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing comping studies, including rhythm, and the application of these techniques to the jazz idiom. Recorded material for play-along purposes.

ILPN-227

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tony Germain
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals and SONG majors
Prerequisites: ISKB-212 or PIPN-112
Department: PIANO
Location: Boston Campus

Practical intermediate keyboard skills for self-accompanying vocalists and singer/songwriters. Focuses on rhythm, voicing, registration, and overall arrangement. Enhancement of individual performance skills and repertory through study and critiqued performance of musical examples drawn from appropriate contemporary styles.

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