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: 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: 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-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Michael Bierylo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: ELPD majors
Prerequisites: EP-350
Department: ELPD

Students in the class will develop a personal performance system for electronic music that integrates commercially available software and hardware. The goal will be to develop a system that will provide effective strategies for fulfilling various roles in an electronic ensemble. Emphasis will be placed on gestural control of synthesizers and effect processors in a live performance, as well as synchronizing tempo-based devices.

ISEL-112

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

Students in this class will develop proficiency using a Monome open source grid controller and a laptop computer to perform in solo, duo, and small ensemble settings. The class will explore techniques and develop repertoire using freely available open source software, and/or software developed by class members. Strategies based on representative literature using practice session material will prepare students to use the system to perform in a variety of musical performance roles. Emphasis will be placed on developing associated listening skills.

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: ELPD

In this class, students will explore the possibilities of using modular synthesizers in a live performance setting. The course will 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 will be 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: 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. 

ISEL-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Michael Bierylo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: EP-321, MTEC-213, or SW-181
Department: ELPD

This course covers fundamental finger drumming techniques for creating and performing electronic music using pad-based controllers such as the Ableton Push, Novation Launchpad, and Native Instruments Maschine. Students develop a personal sound set that can be used to produce original works. Emphasis is placed on developing the physical dexterity to execute rhythmic performances using these sound sets. The course explores a wide range of strategies in a variety of solo and ensemble settings where the student performs remixes, mash-ups, and original compositions.

ISGT-221

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

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

ISKB-111

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

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

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