Brass Courses

Trombone Ensemble 1

Course Number
ENBR-172
Credits
1
Course Chair
Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Trombone principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
BRASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description
In this course trombonists will develop a viable practice routine as it pertains to ensemble playing in all the relevant styles for that instrument. They will learn to better perform together in all relevant idioms and styles. They will learn to transition between idioms and styles with improved control and skill.

Trombone Ensemble 2

Course Number
ENBR-272
Credits
1
Course Chair
Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Trombone principals
Prerequisites
Overall ensemble rating 5
Department
BRASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

In this advanced ensemble trombonists will develop a viable practice routine as it pertains to ensemble playing in all the relevant styles for the instrument. They will learn to better perform together in all relevant idioms and styles. They will learn to transition between idioms and styles with improved control and skill.

Advanced Jazz Trombone Ensemble

Course Number
ENBR-273
Credits
1
Course Chair
Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Trombone principals
Prerequisites
Written approval of course instructor
Department
BRASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

This advanced jazz trombone ensemble, conducted by Marshall Gilkes, is one of the premier ensembles in the Brass Department and features some of its strongest jazz trombonists. This ensemble consists of four to eight trombonists with a standard rhythm section. Students are encouraged to write original compositions for the group and perform in a variety of settings on and off campus. This ensemble will submit entries to competitions sponsored by the International Trombone Association and the American Trombone Workshop.

Brass Quintet

Course Number
ENBR-321
Credits
1
Course Chair
Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
All
Prerequisites
Written approval of course chair
Department
BRASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description
A brass quintet that performs a mixture of traditional and 20th-century music. Instrumentation: two trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba.

Brass Playing Singing

Course Number
ENBR-336
Credits
1
Course Chair
Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Brass principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
BRASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description
This course is designed to focus on vocal performance for brass principals. Students may or may not have experience as vocalists. All classes will be geared towards the styles the individuals are interested in, emphasizing both singing and playing. Students will be asked to learn and perform new songs each week with the main emphasis being on the selection of correct keys, tempos, and styles. There will be a comparative analysis between vocal and instrumental phrasing, improvisation, and physiology. Students will also be exposed to performers who have been recognized and respected as both singers and horn players.

Brass Lab – Reading 1

Course Number
ILBR-111
Credits
1
Course Chair
Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
Brass principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
BRASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

The goal of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211 is to prepare the entering brass student for the college ensemble program. Emphasis on reading studies in a variety of styles. This course is for students with overall ensemble ratings one through three. 

Brass Lab – Reading 2

Course Number
ILBR-112
Credits
1
Course Chair
Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
Brass principals
Prerequisites
ILBR-111
Department
BRASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

The goal of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211 is to prepare the entering brass student for the college ensemble program. Emphasis on reading studies in a variety of styles.

The Essential Étude

Course Number
ILBR-113
Credits
1
Course Chair
Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
All
Prerequisites
None
Department
BRASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

Brass pedagogy has been codified primarily in the European Classical genre of music. Various solo and étude books have been the go to resources for brass players wishing to create a solid pedagogical foundation for whatever music they decide to play. This course examines standard trumpet literature from various études, orchestral excerpts and solo repertoire that have become the foundation for pedagogical study in brass.

Brass Improvisation Lab 1

Course Number
ILBR-121
Credits
1
Course Chair
Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
Brass principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
BRASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

This course presents the basics of jazz improvisation on blues forms in easy keys. In addition to learning to improvise on these sets of changes, the student will also memorize a basic set of appropriate tunes. For students with overall ensemble ratings one and two. 

Brass Improvisation Lab 2

Course Number
ILBR-122
Credits
1
Course Chair
Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
Brass principals
Prerequisites
ILBR-121 or written approval of instructor and course chair
Department
BRASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

This course presents the basics of jazz improvisation on simple diatonic song forms in easy keys. In addition to learning to improvise on these sets of changes, the student will also memorize a basic set of appropriate tunes.

Chops Maintenance

Course Number
ILBR-124
Credits
1
Course Chair
Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
Brass principal PERF majors
Electable By
Brass principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
BRASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

This course is all about staying in shape. Students often struggle with developing a daily practice routine and rehearsal regimine that will help not only keep their chops in shape, but also help them gain strength over time. By using various excercises and études, as well as discussing a wide variety of practice routines, this course puts students on the right path to pedagogical growth by giving them a solid foundation and creating consistency.

Brass Lab – Reading 3

Course Number
ILBR-211
Credits
1
Course Chair
Tanya Darby
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
Brass principals
Prerequisites
ILBR-112
Department
BRASS
Location
Boston Campus
Description

The goal of ILBR-111, ILBR-112, and ILBR-211 is to prepare the entering brass student for the college ensemble program. Emphasis on reading studies in a variety of styles.

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