An intermediate-level course introducing approaches to improvisation that require a solid background in harmonic and tonal concepts.
Development of a personal and individual jazz style through emphasis on reading, improvisation, and interpretative techniques.
An upper-level course recommended for students with well-developed improvisation skills and concepts who are interested in further developing their own personal style through detailed application.
An advanced course recommended for students who have already begun to develop their own personal musical styles.
An advanced course offering sophisticated approaches and concepts.
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.
Designed for the pop/rock rhythm section player or instrumentalists, this course develops the skill of singing and playing simultaneously.
A performance class for vocalists and instrumentalists interested in developing skills involved in live performance.
Continuation of PST-471. In-class performances will be videotaped and critiqued for effectiveness in movement and presentation.
Building and retaining a functional repertoire of approximately 30 selected standards and jazz standards that form a common vocabulary and basis for study among jazz musicians.
A sequel to PSIJ-215, this course continues the process of building and retaining a functional repertoire of jazz standards in bebop, Latin, ballad, and contemporary styles.
An ideal follow-up to PSIJ-211, this performance-centered class introduces basic skills essential to effective improvisation.
An expansion of the fundamental improvisational skills developed in PSIJ-221, with the introduction of techniques that will further enhance the student's personal improvisational style.
Students will develop basic skills using the turntable both as a means of live expression and performance and as a production tool. Weekly hands-on exercises will be emphasized.
Performance ensemble comprised of piano, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, horns and vocalists.
This ensemble is available for vocalists. Though participants do not need to be voice principals, they should have the vocal and musicianship training necessary for this type of performance.
The Acoustic Blues ensemble will meet weekly for a supervised rehearsal. The ensemble is open to voice, guitar, bass, piano, drums, violin, and mandolin principals.
Medium-sized vocal ensemble with emphasis on traditional gospel music. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals.
Small vocal ensemble with emphasis on traditional spirituals. In this course, students will participate in weekly rehearsals.