Instrumental Studies

ISBR-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED majors not taking ISBR-231
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: MUED

This course provides a functional study of the trumpet and French horn. Students master technical fundamentals of classroom instruction in trumpet and French horn. They also learn representative elementary and secondary school methods and materials for trumpet and French horn.

 

ISBR-231

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED majors not taking ISBR-221
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: MUED

This course provides a functional study of the trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Students master technical fundamentals of classroom instruction in trombone, euphonium, and tuba. They also learn representative elementary and secondary school methods and materials for trombone, euphonium, and tuba.

 

ISEL-113

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Michael Bierylo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: ELPD majors
Prerequisites: EP-223 or EP-225
Department Code: ELPD

In this class, students explore the possibilities of using modular synthesizers in a live performance setting. Students develop proficiency in using modulars to fulfill a variety of musical functions in an ensemble setting. Topics include tuning the instruments, using a combination of sequencers, function generators along with traditional keyboard controllers, realtime control of synthesis parameters, and synchronizing tempos. Exercises developing melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic roles along with associated listening skills are introduced each week with special emphasis placed on incorporating sound design as part of the music making process.

ISEL-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Michael Bierylo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department Code: ELPD

Students in this synthesizer chamber ensemble perform standard baroque music repertoire from 18th century works by composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Johann Pachelbel, Henry Purcell and Alessandro Scarlatti. The ensemble consists of five identical modular synthesizers, each taking on a different role in an arrangement. Emphasis is placed on using simple sounds to play monophonic lines with continuous real-time expression. Typically, one hand is used to play the notes, and the other hand is used to manipulate a knob or control. Ensemble rehearsals focus on developing individual dynamic control to achieve ensemble balance. Students in this course must demonstrate keyboard proficiency and sight-reading skills. An overall ensemble rating of 3 is recommended. 

ISGT-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: GUIT

This course provides a functional study of the guitar. Students master technical fundamentals of classroom instruction in guitar. They also learn representative elementary/secondary school methods and materials.

 

ISGT-231

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: GUIT

Introduction to guitar performance skills with emphasis on applications in music therapy environments.

ISGT-232

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MTHE majors
Electable by: MTHE majors
Prerequisites: ISGT-231 or by written approval of course instructor
Department Code: GUIT

Continued development of guitar performance skills with emphasis on applications in music therapy environments.

ISKB-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PIANO

An online keyboard program for non-piano principals designed to give students skills in note reading, chord voicings, rhythmic interpretation, technique, and other instrumental skills. Using video clips, recorded play-alongs, chord-study exercises, weekly recorded assignments, and feedback from the teacher, students will be able to play simple accompaniments, read notes on the grand staff, realize a lead sheet, apply simple voice-leading techniques, and develop hand independence and a familiarity with different styles. Students will acquire the ability to use the keyboard as a resource in learning harmony, ear training, arranging, and technology applications such as notation and sequencing.

ISKB-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP, CWPR, FILM, JCMP, and SONG majors
Electable by: Electable by:COMP, CWPR, FILM, JCMP, and SONG majors
Prerequisites: PW-111
Department Code: PIANO

For non-piano principals. Comping, harmonic continuity. Triads, seventh chords, melody, and accompaniment. Standard song forms, blues.

ISKB-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP, CWPR, FILM, JCMP, and SONG majors
Electable by: COMP, CWPR, FILM, JCMP, and SONG majors
Prerequisites: ISKB-211
Department Code: PIANO

Continuation of ISKB-211. Advanced comping, voicings, additional melody with accompaniment.

ISKB-215

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Dave Limina
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: COMP, CWPR, FILM, JCMP, and SONG majors
Prerequisites: ISKB-212 or PIPN-111
Department Code: PIANO

A course designed to provide the Professional Writing Division student with the specialized keyboard skills necessary to develop their composition abilities. This course will focus on developing sight-reading skills applicable to score-reading, lead-sheet reading, transposition, etc. Open to piano principals or those who have completed basic keyboard classes.

ISKB-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED and MTHE majors
Electable by: MUED and MTHE majors
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: MUED

This course is a graduated piano study for beginning keyboard students. Students learn note reading, rhythm, and technique. Students practice materials that range from separate hand studies to simple two-voice pieces. They also learn simple melodies with chordal accompaniment. Students are introduced to harmonization. They also learn techniques that involve scales and coordination studies with fingering for various two-hand patterns.

 

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