Courses

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CM-318

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-111 and PW-111
Department: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

The workshop provides opportunities for student composers to hear performances of their own work, and for student performers to gain public performing experience of original student works and works written within the last 60 years. Important works of the 20th century are explored. It is advisable, but not required, for students to have taken MHIS-261 prior to enrolling in this course. This course can be repeated for credit.

CM-333

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall
Required of: None
Electable by: COMP majors
Prerequisites: CM-312 and written approval of course chair
Department: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

Composing New Music for Dance is an advanced class for composers to learn pedagogue of collaboration with choreographers and write new music for contemporary dance.  Lectures cover topics such as the nature of collaboration between sound and body gesture, developing a vocabulary and language for musicians and dancers to collaborate, analysis of iconic contemporary dance and music collaborations, and more. Composers then collaborate one-on-one with a choreographer to create a new work for dance. Additional class time might be assigned to meet with dancers in the dance studio. Composers are free to use any style that suits their collaboration, and are responsible for producing the music performance themselves. Students are encouraged to experiment with new methods of composing and new ways to create music based on dance. 

CW-255

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-212 or ET-232, HR-212, and either AR-112, CP-210
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

Alternative approaches and concepts to writing that can be used in various aspects of songwriting, arranging, and composing for contemporary broadcast media, such as film and TV scores, that will supplement other writing approaches. Using compositional concepts pioneered by George Tremblay and Jack Smalley, the course explores writing techniques based on the use of the 12-tone row concept and the process of extracting consonant melodic components from the rows that are then applied to writing for contemporary musical styles and forms and commercial clients. Some writing projects will be realized through sequencing and live performance.

ENBR-172

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Trombone principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

In this course trombonists will develop a viable practice routine as it pertains to ensemble playing in all the relevant styles for that instrument. They will learn to better perform together in all relevant idioms and styles. They will learn to transition between idioms and styles with improved control and skill.

ENBR-272

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Trombone principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

In this advanced ensemble trombonists will develop a viable practice routine as it pertains to ensemble playing in all the relevant styles for the instrument. They will learn to better perform together in all relevant idioms and styles. They will learn to transition between idioms and styles with improved control and skill.

ENBR-273

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Trombone principals
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: BRASS
Location: Boston Campus

This advanced jazz trombone ensemble, conducted by Marshall Gilkes, is one of the premier ensembles in the Brass Department and features some of its strongest jazz trombonists. This ensemble consists of four to eight trombonists with a standard rhythm section. Students are encouraged to write original compositions for the group and perform in a variety of settings on and off campus. This ensemble will submit entries to competitions sponsored by the International Trombone Association and the American Trombone Workshop.

ENCL-406

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course chair
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

In the Neither/Nor Composer Ensemble, students compose new works for the ensemble and perform each other's music. Students are expected to perform and compose every week. This ensemble focuses on contemporary concert music, with an openness to including improvisation, unconventional notational styles, and other forms of experimentation. Instrumentation is based on the instruments of the students participating in class. Curriculum focuses on a workshop approach for both composing new music and performing extended techniques, microtones, chance procedures, and other contemporary techniques. The ensemble uses guided improvisation and graphic scores as a way to generate ideas for fully notated works. Each week students write notated scores for the entire ensemble to rehearse and play. The final project includes a new composition by each student to be performed by the ensemble.  

ENDS-405

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Directed Study ensemble will study and perform a specific genre or artist of their liking. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing the particular directed studies' compositions. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-201

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Music of Elvin Jones ensemble will focus on the work of legendary jazz drummer Elvin Jones as featured with John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Hank Jones, McCoy Tyner, and many others. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing and entertaining. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-305

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The New Approaches/Jazz Decomposition ensemble will study and perform original performances and arrangements of standard jazz repertoire. Under the guidance of the course instructor, the ensemble will collectively create alternate approaches to these standard arrangements through an exploration of reharmonization, new rhythmic meters, rhythmic displacement, and alternate approaches to melodic interpretation. Students will gain experience in ensemble performance through learning and performing complex arrangements. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-321

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 6
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Wayne Shorter Ensemble will study and perform seminal work from the legendary jazz master composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, including original arrangements of his work. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain ensemble performance experience, including playing up-tempo, intonation, phrasing, blending, and articulation. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-326

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The New Orleans Street Band ensemble will study and perform classic work from New Orleans street band repertoire, including original arrangements. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain ensemble performance experience, including playing up-tempo, intonation, phrasing, blending, and articulation. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

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