This course will examine the various tonalities, meters and compositional structures that characterize the various music styles from the Mediterranean region. This is a survey course focused on the folk music from the Mediterranean with a spotlight on how melody is the defining and dominant feature of the music. Students will explore modal systems with limited harmonic progression and tonalities not always consistent with western tonal systems and metric forms. The influence of religious music, the differing ethnic traditions, and the sociocultural differences of the principal music sources will be reviewed and studied. Listening, performing, songwriting, and sight singing are the main activities of this course.
The study of the bass in the styles of Dixieland, swing, bebop, cool, experimental, fusion, and others. In-depth analysis of the function of the bass as part of the rhythm section and as a solo voice. Some of the players heard and discussed are Pop Foster, Walter Page, Jimmy Blanton, Oscar Pettiford, Slam Stewart, Paul Chambers, Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Eddie Gomez, and Jaco Pastorius.
A study of the history of brass instruments (trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, and tuba) in American music. Emphasis is on the performance styles of major players, including Herbert L. Clarke, Arthur Pryor, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, J.J. Johnson, Harry James, Julius Watkins, Rich Matteson, and Harvey Phillips. Study will include articles as well as recorded and transcribed musical examples.
A survey of contemporary guitar players and styles as well as related doubling instruments. Emphasis on major players and various styles through tapes and transcriptions.
In this course students will develop musicianship, ensemble performance, and improvising skills as they play in various sub-styles within the historical timeline of jazz drumming. They will strengthen their critical thinking skills by reading, listening, watching, analyzing, critiquing, and evaluating music performances. They also will be cognizant of the historical, sociological and technological impact of jazz, including its influence on other styles of music and develop a global perspective for music and society. Students will also be urged to apply skills and knowledge acquired in this course into their own experiences in real world musical situations.
In this course students will develop musicianship, ensemble performance, and improvising skills as they play in various styles within the historical timeline of modern drumming. They will strengthen their critical thinking skills by reading, listening, watching, analyzing, critiquing, and evaluating music performances. They also will be cognizant of the historical, sociological and technological impact of these styles (and their influence on each other): jazz, rock, funk, fusion, Brazilian, Latin, reggae, and other global styles. Through this course, students develop a global perspective for music and society. Students will apply skills and knowledge acquired in this course into their own experiences in real world musical situations.
A study of the history and development of European/orchestral, African and Afro-Latin/Caribbean percussion styles and instruments. Emphasis will be on all the non-drumset percussion instruments (e.g. timpani, snare drum, glockenspiel, marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, steelpan, etc.) as well as the music and hand percussion instruments of Africa, Cuba, Brazil and the Caribbean.
A study of the history and development of the music of Latin America and the Caribbean, with particular focus on hand percussion playing. Emphasis will be on the music of Cuba and Brazil, and on the development of Latin American music in New York from the 1920s to the present. Musical relationships to the European and African traditions will be studied as well as specific instruments, song styles and rhythms, composing and arranging styles, and significant artists in the idiom.
A study of the history and development of the art of jazz piano and the lives and times of the artists themselves. Through listening to archival and contemporary recordings and analysis and discussions, the rich diversity of the different jazz styles will be examined, along with the artists associated with certain styles. Solo piano and group playing from ragtime to contemporary will be addressed.
An overview of the history of contemporary string playing, with special emphasis on the work of major innovators: Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, and others. Recordings and transcriptions used to analyze technique and improvisational skills.
This course will survey and analyze a number of styles that form the bedrock of American popular music. These styles include blues, gospel, folk, country, Cajun, tejano, and Native American. Students will learn through transcribing, intensive immersion in listening, and viewing videotape footage.
Historical listening and performance class covering the tributaries of Bill Monroe's music (old time country music, blues, and swing) and tracing the development of the styles from 1945 to the present day. Extensive transcription projects and in-class performance will be emphasized.