Instrumental Courses


MUSI 116 - Applied Music: Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion, Piano, Voice Course
Outline Individualized study of the appropriate techniques and repertoire for the specific instrument or voice. The emphasis is on the progressive development of skills needed for solo performance. Achievement is evaluated through a juried performance.

MUSI 135 – Class Piano I
This course is designed to teach basic piano skills to the student with no piano experience. It includes the fundamentals of music reading/notation, keyboard knowledge, piano techniques and musicianship, using a variety of styles and repertoire. Designed for music majors requiring piano proficiency while also providing non-majors an opportunity to study piano.

Music 138 – Class Piano II
This course develops keyboard musicianship through the study of major and minor scales, arpeggios, and performance of beginning to intermediate-level piano repertoire. Designed for music majors requiring piano proficiency while also providing minors and non-majors an opportunity to study piano.
Recommended Preparation:  MUSI 135

MUSI 140 – Guitar I
This course teaches basic guitar technique, musicianship, chord and melody playing and accompaniments. Students will learn the first two positions of the guitar as well as practice techniques and rehearsal/concert etiquette.

MUSI 142 – Guitar II
This course expands on the concepts and skills from Guitar I including technique, musicianship, chord and melody playing, accompaniments, additional fretboard positions and introduction to basic counterpoint. Practice, rehearsal and performance techniques are refined. Recommended Preparation: MUSI 140

MUSI 145 – Woodwind Methods
This course is focused on developing fundamental performance skills and methods of instruction for woodwind instruments. Topics include challenges of woodwind playing, diagnostic techniques, teaching strategies, basic woodwind repair and other related subject matter for instruction in elementary/secondary school settings. Recommended Preparation: MUSI 110

MUSI 146 – Brass Methods
This course is focused on the development of fundamental performance and teaching skills for brass instruments. Included in the course will be examination of student performance problems, diagnostic techniques, teaching strategies, basic brass repair and other specialized topics related to brass instruction in school settings. Recommended Preparation: MUSI 110

MUSI 150 – Beginning Percussion
Basic techniques of drumming and playing other non–tuned percussion instruments. Emphasis on snare, tenor and bass drums; note reading and stick techniques, including rudimentary patterns.

MUSI 152 – Guitar Ensemble
This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of guitar repertoire with emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within a guitar ensemble. Different repertoire will be studied each semester. Recommended Preparation: MUSI 142

MUSI 155 – String Methods
The course is focused on developing fundamental performance skills and methods of instruction for the orchestral string family. Topics include challenges of string playing, diagnostic techniques, teaching strategies, basic string instrument/bow maintenance and other related subject matter for instruction in elementary/secondary school settings. Recommended Preparation: MUSI 110

MUSI 174 – Rehearsal and Performance Strings
A rehearsal, lecture and performance laboratory for strings or small mixed orchestral ensembles.

MUSI 176 – Repertory Orchestra
This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of orchestral repertoire from the Baroque through the contemporary periods, with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within an orchestra. Different repertoire will be studied each semester. Choice of ensemble is based on each student's identified major instrument. The course is repeatable for credit three times.
 
MUSI 177 – Rehearsal and Performance Winds
A rehearsal, lecture and performance course for winds or mixed wind ensembles.

MUSI 179 – Repertory Wind Ensemble

This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of repertoire appropriate for a wind ensemble. The North Bay Wind Ensemble performs great works of wind ensemble and concert band repertoire with an emphasis on the development of wind instrumental skills needed to perform within a wind ensemble. Different repertoire will be studied each semester. Choice of ensemble is based on each student's identified major instrument. The course is repeatable for credit three times.

MUSI 181 – Jazz Ensemble
This course is focused on the study, rehearsal, and public performance of the jazz ensemble repertoire, with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within a jazz ensemble. Different repertoire will be studied each semester. Choice of ensemble is based on each student's identified major instrument. Assessment of proficiency on traditional jazz instrument: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, drums is required. The course is repeatable for credit three times.

MUSI 185 – Stage Band
Rehearsal and performance of stage band works of the past 50 years. Proficiency on a traditional stage band instrument required for participation. Public performance required.

MUSI 235 – Class Piano III
This course develops keyboard musicianship through the study of major and minor scales, arpeggios, diatonic chord progressions, harmonization of melodies, transposition and intermediate-level piano repertoire. Designed for music majors requiring piano proficiency while also providing non-majors an opportunity to study piano.
Recommended Preparation:  MUSI 138

MUSI 238 – Class Piano IV
This course continues the systematic development of keyboard musicianship through the study of all diatonic scales, arpeggios, harmony and intermediate-level to advanced repertoire. Designed for music majors requiring piano proficiency while also providing non-majors an opportunity to study piano. Recommended Preparation: MUSI 235

MUSIC 240 – Guitar III
This course expands on the concepts and skills learned in Guitar II. Students develop increased accuracy and speed in performance including counterpoint. Practice, rehearsal and performance techniques continue to be refined. Recommended Preparation: MUSI 142

MUSI 242 –Guitar IV
The course expands on the concepts and skills learned in Guitar III. Students continue to perform repertoire of increased difficulty including counterpoint. Ensemble playing is stressed throughout, with an emphasis on melodic techniques, including dynamics, articulation and phrasing. Recommended Preparation: MUSI 240

MUSI 280 – Instrumental Performance Seminar
This instrumental group rehearses and performs music from the traditional and contemporary repertoire. The student will prepare and perform music of increased difficulty in flexible performance situations.

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