Performance and analysis of original jazz tunes. Discussion, demonstration, and performance of advanced jazz improvisational techniques.
Students learn how to develop materials for use in their individual practice sessions to prepare for performances of jazz music.
This course is for intermediate- to advanced-level rhythm section players who seek to improve their accompaniment skills by studying and playing transcriptions of recordings by classic jazz master
Performance-based class in blues improvisation using recordings and transcriptions of traditional and Chicago blues, swing and bop blues, gospel, funk, and rock styles as principal resources.
The four-course sequence in rock improvisation is designed to cover all skills relevant to creative performance in that idiom.
A study of basic blues playing in the jazz idiom.
Performance and analysis of jazz-rock/fusion music. Improvisational and compositional techniques will be discussed.
Performance and analysis of Latin/jazz music and related song forms. The class will include analysis of source music and its influence on contemporary composers and performers in the idiom.
An ensemble/class for the performer who also composes.
The repertoire of this class includes contemporary displays of funk, jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian styles. The emphasis of this course is twofold.
Course work will focus on the performance and development of advanced rhythmic vocabulary within the jazz idiom employing the following genre styles: Afro-Cuban; South American (Brazilian, Argentin
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
A performance class for music education majors. Students prepare for solo and ensemble presentations intended to demonstrate satisfactory proficiency on their principal instrument.
Survey of performance techniques related to drum set solo and duet improvisation. Emphasis is placed on rhythm skill, coordination, thematic development, and style integration.
Application of drum set and percussion techniques to the studio recording environment.
This course offers a step-by-step approach to improvising contrapuntally in a solo piano context.
This class will be geared toward rhythm section players and singers, and will cover all aspects of country music.
A performance-based study of the musical style originated by Motown Records, which, under the leadership of founder/president Berry Gordy, musically bridged racial lines during the highly sensitive
This course is intended to provide an opportunity for students to identify, recognize, and study the great creators, performers, and pioneers of rock and popular music.
A study integrating performance of the progressive rock style of the '70s: repertoire, instrumentation, forms, sound, and other musical elements leading to emulation and creative reproduction