The following options are available for the upcoming semester.
Large Ensemble - Concert Band (3hrs)
An essential course for those students wishing to develop or maintain their ensemble playing skills. For players of wind instruments, this class is the best way to develop intonation, blend and interpretation. For a few Pianists, Bass Players and Drummers it is effective in developing reading skills, learning how to follow a conductor and developing some aspects of playing that you don't run into reading from a lead sheet or just laying down a groove. We play only profound and challenging music. There are two ninety-minute rehearsals per week and at least three concerts per term.
Large Ensemble - Choir (3hrs)
We offer Male or Female Choirs which rehearse both separately and together during the week. The choirs sing in concert as a mixed chorus. Choral repertoire is varied and may encompass classical, renaissance, seasonal, folklore, world beat, gospel, and contemporary styles. This is a great ensemble for developing vocal skills, musicianship and sight-reading, and the final concert is always a major event.
Small Ensemble - Jazz (2hrs)
This course deals with various aspects of performance in a jazz and fusion/popular ensemble. The course teaches the fundamental techniques of jazz improvisation providing the tools to perform in a professional milieu. Groups generally consist of a "rhythm section" (drums, bass, piano, guitar) and different single line instruments such as saxophone, trombone, trumpet, violin or voice.
Small Ensemble - Classical (2hrs)
Classical Ensemble can be made up of numerous different instrumental and vocal combinations. The class helps to improve the students' musicianship through the rehearsal and performance of Chamber Music reflecting a variety of styles. The coached classes focus on ensemble playing, accurate reading of the musical score, rhythm, dynamics, intonation, blending of voices, listening, and questions of interpretation.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble (1 hr)
This is a small ensemble of 6 to 12 singers. Repertoire will include both jazz and popular music accompanied by jazz combo. We will work with and without microphones. There will be two to three concerts per term. Rehearsals are one hour a week.
Madrigal ensemble (1 hr)
This small ensemble is open to singers who would like to work in an a cappella (unaccompanied) vocal group. Repertoire will be drawn primarily from the Renaissance period, with excursions into romantic and contemporary a cappella vocal literature. There will be two to three concerts per term, however, as a very portable ensemble you may be called on to perform more frequently. Rehearsals are one hour a week.
Composition 107 (2hrs) (pre-requisite completed level of theory 206)
The course explores basic techniques for music composition and offers the student an opportunity to produce a short portfolio of works for submission to a university composition program or simply to explore his or her creative side. Sample composition projects are as follows: composition for piano and/or strings in two movements using quartal harmony exploring various textures, for percussion using a gamut of rhythmic devices, text setting in song for voice and instrument (eg. piano) using alternate harmonic/melodic resources, basic orchestration techniques.
Composition 207 (2 hrs) (pre-requisite completed theory 206)
Continuation OR alternate to Composition 107. Sample composition projects in 207 are as follows: Composition in two movement for string, brass or woodwind quartet using bitonal harmony and exploring various textures, composition for solo instrument using alternate (non-tonal) melodic resources, introduction to film scoring techniques (converting film timing formats to musical rhythm, spotting, musical materials etc.) orchestration as required. (Composition 107 is not a pre-requisite to 207, however, methods explored in 107 may be applied by students to projects in 207 to achieve more advanced language.)
Second Instrument (.5 hours) 341-441
Private instruction on a second instrument beyond 141/241 piano lab. Students may elect to continue instruction in piano or select an instrument related to their principal instrument for examples flute/saxophone or trombone/euphonium. Students may also select a second instrument which contrasts their selected program of study for example jazz electric bass/ classical double bass or classical piano/jazz piano.
i m p o r t a n t: The department is only able to offer a very limited number of students this option because of the expense of private instruction over class instruction and for this reason the student should make a second choice selection. Fewer than one third of the requests received are granted. To qualify, students must have registered in a full complement of music courses in the previous semester and passed all of these courses. Failure in any one music course automatically disqualifies the student for a second instrument option. If necessary, priority is then given to those students with highest overall music marks. Selection is then based on the appropriateness of the second instrument selection to the student's area of study. That would mean a clarinet student would have more chance of receiving instruction on flute than he would have had he requested trumpet.
Music Technology (2 hrs)
Tech I deals with current digital audio software and the basics of MIDI sequencing and digital recording using state-of-the art facilities: a digital 24-track studio, 8 digital workstations, samplers and analog and digital synthesizers. There will be two projects 1) a directed project integrating MIDI, digital recording and basic editing and 2) a self-managed project there the student can record his/her own performance (playing an instrument, singing, rapping, etc).
Music Technology 2 (2 hrs)
Tech 2 emphasizes the workings of a recording studio and the fundamentals for a good mix. The course will focus on 1) The techniques of recording (miking, routing and use of the mixing board, direct processing, taping); and 2) Mixing (equalizers, master processing, pan, balance, tonality). There will be several projects for the course: A recording project (including the mixing), a mastering of the project on CD, a test on the theory of recording and other recording sessions to support class students.
Demo Recording (2 hrs) (pre-requisite completed instrument 321)
In this course the student focuses on his/her performance rather than on recording techniques, to produce a professional demo and a
practical strategy to move into the Music Industry.