Courses

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

ILWD-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: WWND

A lab focusing on efficient and effective practice to develop sound, technique, articulation, and other fundamentals. Approaches to difficult passages; customization and personalization of practice routines; how to avoid common mistakes in practicing. Scales, arpeggios, and chromatic exercises are approached combining classical and jazz performance orientations. Consideration of flute players in both fields and the application of color, dynamic range, vibrato, articulation, breathing, and tone development. In addition to the material provided by the instructor, students will bring their own choice of jazz and/or classical pieces to perform in class. Basic and advanced material will be covered.

ILWD-241

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILWD-113
Department Code: WWND

This course is designed to help the flutist develop a jazz style of playing through the study of various practice routines and the performance of standard jazz repertory. Students will perform on a weekly basis with sequenced practice routines and rhythm tracks of standard jazz tunes.

ILWD-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: ILWD-113 or ILWD-211
Department Code: WWND

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-321

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: WWND

The study of the flute 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.

ILWD-322

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: WWND

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.

ILWD-323

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: WWND

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.

ILWD-331

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILWD-113
Department Code: WWND

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. 

ILWD-341

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: Flute principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: WWND

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.

ILWD-345

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: WWND

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.

ILWD-355

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Woodwind principals
Prerequisites: ILWD-113 and ensemble rating 4 in reading (first digit of rating)
Department Code: WWND

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.

ILWD-365

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ILWD-113
Department Code: WWND

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.

ILWD-P342

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Bill Pierce
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of the course instructor
Department Code: WWND

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.

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