The following options are available most semesters.
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.
Composition I (1hr) (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 II (2 hrs) (pre-requisite: completed theory 306)
Continuation OR alternate to Composition I. Sample composition projects in level II 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 I is not a pre-requisite to level II; however, methods explored in level I may be applied by students to projects in level II to achieve more advanced language.)
Second Instrument (1hr)
Private instruction on a second instrument. 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 that 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: 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 at any previous level automatically disqualifies the student from this option. If necessary, priority is 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.