This ensemble is a hands-on tour of two great American improvisational music forms, bluegrass and swing, focusing on melodic variation as well as chord-based jazz improvisational strategies, with a
This ensemble is a contemporary version of the traditional conservatory master class.
Classic and contemporary approaches to string ensemble performance, including groove-based playing and improvisation in addition to more traditional repertoire.
This ensemble provides students with the opportunity to develop improvisational skills through free improvisation.
This course will introduce string players to performance techniques useful for playing popular music.Using music by James Brown, Wilson Picket, Stevie Wonder, the Meters, and others, students will
Banjo students will study chords and scales, and the ways in which they relate. This will then be used as the basis for improvisation, comping, and composing original tunes.
This ensemble is designed to strengthen the basic skills needed for improvisation, including jazz harmony, phrasing, melodic development, reading chord charts, and technical aspects of improvisatio
This ensemble specializes in original and progressive acoustic string music, drawing from bluegrass, jazz, and rock roots. Students should have a firm foundation in memorized repertoire.
Using influential acoustic innovators like David Grisman, B'ela Fleck, and Crooked Still as inspirations, this ensemble will explore the ever growing trend of using traditional string instrume