Guitar Courses

Guitar Ensemble

Course Number
ENGT-200
Credits
1
Course Chair
Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
Guitar principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
GUIT
Location
Boston Campus
Description
Performing groups for guitar principals. Offered in stylistically delineated sections, including jazz, rock, metal, acoustic pop, funk, fusion, and blues, this course focuses on development of performance skills in the specified style. Students should consult the Guitar Department in order to enroll in the appropriate section.

Jazz Guitar Trio

Course Number
ENGT-233
Credits
1
Course Chair
Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Guitar principals
Prerequisites
ILGT-119
Department
GUIT
Location
Boston Campus
Description
This ensemble will aid the student in performing in a jazz trio setting of guitar, acoustic bass, and drum set. Topics will range from idiomatic introductions and endings; challenging standard tunes/melodies; single note, octave, and chord soloing; soloing in double stops; solo introductions (rubato and in tempo); trading fours; comping for bass solos; reharmonization considerations; modulation/transposition for variation of color; fingerstyle/pick considerations; and attaining a good sound.

Classical Guitar Repertoire

Course Number
ENGT-280
Credits
1
Course Chair
Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Guitar principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
GUIT
Location
Boston Campus
Description
An ensemble for aspiring classical guitarists of all levels, based on the traditional repertoire class, where standard and lesser-known works of guitar literature are performed, coached, and discussed. Students will regularly perform level-appropriate pieces agreed upon with the instructor, and through these performances, the class will provide a survey of guitar literature. Coaching will cover issues of classical guitar performance such as tone, technique, musicality, interpretation, and style. The course will also include study of major classical guitarists and their recordings.

Classical Guitar Chamber Music Ensemble

Course Number
ENGT-281
Credits
1
Course Chair
Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Guitar principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
GUIT
Location
Boston Campus
Description

An intermediate level ensemble focusing on the rehearsal, recording, and performance of literature written or transcribed for classical guitar.

Guitar Artist Ensemble

Course Number
ENGT-340
Credits
1
Course Chair
Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
Guitar principals
Prerequisites
Written approval of course instructor
Department
GUIT
Location
Boston Campus
Description
In-depth approach to guitar performance, with each section of the course dedicated to signature repertoire and vocabulary of specific artists. Students will focus on the artist's harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic styles. Students should consult the Guitar Department in order to enroll in the appropriate section.

Classical Guitar Chamber Music Ensemble 2

Course Number
ENGT-381
Credits
1
Course Chair
Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Guitar principals
Prerequisites
ENGT-281
Department
GUIT
Location
Boston Campus
Description
Sight-reading and performing more advanced literature written or transcribed for classical guitar.

Guitar Performance Skills for the Non-Guitar Principal

Course Number
ILGT-115
Credits
1
Course Chair
Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
All
Prerequisites
None
Department
GUIT
Location
Boston Campus
Description

A lab for the non-guitar principal focusing on technique for the development of basic lead, comping, and soloing skills for effective performance. Students are required to provide their own acoustic or electric guitar.

Guitar Styles Skills Labs

Course Number
ILGT-119
Credits
1
Course Chair
Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
Guitar principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
GUIT
Location
Boston Campus
Description
Instrumental labs for guitar principals with a minimum of second-semester standing. Offered in stylistically delineated sections (jazz, rock, funk, fusion, blues), these labs develop performance skills in the specified style.

Guitar Comping and Soloing in Odd Meters

Course Number
ILGT-213
Credits
1
Course Chair
Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Guitar principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
GUIT
Location
Boston Campus
Description

A course developed to aid guitarists in negotiating odd and compound meters. The student will explore meters based on groupings of 5, 7, 9, and 11 through a graduated series of exercises, ‚études, class demonstration, and participation. Some knowledge of chord voicings and the ability to solo over chord changes is strongly recommended, but not essential.

Bottleneck Blues Lab

Course Number
ILGT-215
Credits
1
Course Chair
Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Guitar principals
Prerequisites
None
Department
GUIT
Location
Boston Campus
Description
A weekly one-hour departmental lab to develop skills and repertoire in the traditional bottleneck blues guitar style.

Creative Applications for Proficiency Materials

Course Number
ILGT-217
Credits
1
Course Chair
Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Guitar principals
Prerequisites
ILGT-119
Department
GUIT
Location
Boston Campus
Description
This lab will explore creative applications for Guitar Department final exam materials with emphasis on improvisation, accompaniment, and composition in non-jazz contexts, including use of triadic and drone-based modal vamps to assist utilizing the less familiar modes in melodic minor, harmonic minor, and harmonic major; improvisation over common and nonfunctional harmony; and comping, voice leading, and voicing creation.

Guitarmony 1

Course Number
ILGT-223
Credits
1
Course Chair
Kim Perlak
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Required Of
None
Electable By
Guitar principals
Prerequisites
ILGT-119
Department
GUIT
Location
Boston Campus
Description
Complete enharmonic examination of four-note structures beginning with drop 2 type voicings and including various tension additions and substitutions. Different voice-leading concepts will be introduced resulting in an enriched vertical and horizontal harmonic awareness by students.

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