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|MUSI 390 - SPECIAL TOPICS:|
The descriptions and topics change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: varies with the topic offered.
MUSI 390 MUSIC PUBLISHING. In the music business, publishing is the quiet moneymaker. This course will cover the hows and whys of publishing music: the history, compositions as intellectual property, copyright, exploiting titles through film, television and other media, the role performing rights organizations, how publishers stand to profit in the new music business environment and much more.
MUSI 390 IMPROVISATION IN MUSIC. What is improvisation? Spontaneous creativity comes to mind, communicating, taking risks, going to unknown territories, being in the moment, transcending language and culture. Virtually all musical styles and traditions include elements of improvisation, some extremely sophisticated. In jazz, improvisation became central to the art. With the newer forms it demanded an even more radical freedom of intense, spontaneous communication which in turn inspired punk and early rap. However, in the current mainstream culture (classical, pop, rock, even commercial jazz) improvisation is often discouraged, and many musicians are uncomfortable with it. To encourage and broaden artistic expression, this course will approach improvisation from a wide range of perspectives, both in theory and practice. Instrumentalists, singers and other performers, actors, dancers from all styles are welcome. Prior experience in music or improvisation is not necessary, just curiosity and the willingness to experiment.
MUSI 390 PERFORMANCE PRACTICE IN CHAMBER MUSIC. This course offers instrumentalists and singers the opportunity to research and perform chamber works within the classical tradition. Students will focus on historical style and authentic performance practices of chosen works from the solo, duet, trio, and quartet repertoire. Musical questions inherent to a given work will be explored through ongoing rehearsal and study. Students will regularly present their works in progress to the class for discussion. The course will culminate in a public performance of all prepared works. Prerequisites: permission of instructor; students must possess strong music reading skills and audition for entry into the class.
MUSI 390 CONDUCTING: The study of conducting provides the student with an introduction to the skills required to prepare a music ensemble and conduct performances. These skills include physical aspects of conducting technique, as well as, leadership, score preparation, interpretation, and rehearsal technique. The course provides regular opportunities to conduct individually and to participate as part of the class ensemble under student conductors. All students must be prepared to sing in the class ensemble. Instruments will also be used, based on student skills. Students gain confidence as they acquire skills in a supportive class environment that includes both instructor and student critique. Through the exploration of conducting, students also develop evaluative listening skills, strengthen musicianship, and gain appreciation for diverse musical styles.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Lecture, Studio
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
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