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Please note - Specific course offerings, in terms of topic areas, class hours, number of assigned lessons, and practice time, are subject to adjustment on a semester-to-semester basis without prior notice.

 

CERTIFICATE-B (CP-B) 5 CREDITS

The Certificate Program is an intensive period of study which focuses on musician- ship skills, style performance competencies, and professional performance experiences. This is the second 10 week portion
of this two-part program.
 
(CP-A is prerequisite for taking CP-B)
Musicianship and Technique Courses:

TIME & GROOVE CLASS 2 (4 class sequence – 8 contact hours)
This three class sequence is a continuation of the classes taught in the CPA program, which emphasizes to students the importance of playing in time and with a musical groove no matter what the technical challenge. Students apply what they have learned by playing with a click track and with a professional rhythm section.

READING PROFICIENCY PROGRAM (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)
The TC Reading Proficiency Program consists of a series of progressive courses on levels from 1 to 5. Students learn sight-reading skills and the ability to interpret music from a wide variety of sources and formats


DRUMMERS MUSICIANSHIP SEQUENCE (8 class sequence – 16 contact hours)

 

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE-2
Students work in an ensemble setting learning and applying foundation rudiments. This course focuses on hand technique, ensemble performance, and reading skills.

DRUMMERS LAB-2 (8 class sequence – 8 contact hours)
This class is designed to help students integrate all the information that they are receiving in other classes and apply that information towards the steady development of new performance skills.
 
NON-DRUMMERS MUSICIANSHIP SEQUENCE (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)


MUSICIANSHIP 2
This course is a continuation of the Collective’s music theory sequence and focuses on establishing a firm base of rudimentary musicianship skills. The course covers music theory, notation, key signatures, chord structures and simple chord progressions. Rudimentary keyboard technique is integrated into this course, thereby allowing immediate application to all n=material as it is presented. (by placement exam)

 BUSINESS SAVVY-2 (1 class – 2 contact hours)
This course is offering over a 4-semester period and is for all fulltime students.
Each 2 hour class will cover 2 general topics.

 

FALL SEMESTER
    1. CAREER PATH: Independent Contractor, Musical Director, Groups
    2.  TOURING: Contracts, Compensation, Traveling, A day on tour
WINTER  SEMESTER
    3.  RECORDING CONTRACTS: ROYALTIES, PUBLISHING, ETC.
    4.  ENDORSEMENTS: from the company’s POV (guest)
SPRING SEMESTER
    5.  PUBLISHING: Songs, Books, Videos, Articles, (ASCAP, BMI)
    6.  MANAGEMENT: Business Mgr,. Entertainment Lawyer,   
SUMMER SEMESTER
    7.  TEACHING

    8.   SELF-PROMOTION: web sites / Facebook

STYLE COURSE SEQUENCE B: (32 class sequence – 64 contact hours)
Each style is presented in a four-class sequence consisting of a style analysis class followed by two groove mechanic classes and culminating with a pro style rhythm section. This is the style sequence:
 

 9. CARIBBEAN
10. CONTEMPORARY ROCK
11. CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
12. CONTEMPORARY FUNK
13. CONTEMPORARY AFRO-CUBAN
14. BRAZILIAN
15. HIP-HOP  
16. DRUMS n BASS / ELECTROINIC

1.   STYLE ANALYSIS - SERIES 2
Students are introduced to various styles and periods of music, and the important musicians and groups who helped define each style. Faculty demonstrate the role played by each instrument in each style. Course material includes specially selected and representative discographies, which have been compiled by the instructors for class discussion and review.
 
2.   GROOVE MECHANICS- SERIES 2
This course follows up on the Style Analysis class by having the instructor work with the students in developing the instrumental techniques and conceptual frameworks required to perform competently in the designated style.  Students are also given CD compilations with which to study.
 
3.   STYLE RHYTHM SECTION - SERIES 2
This is an opportunity for students to work in a rhythm section setting with professional musicians who are experts in the designated style. Student performances are critiqued by the instructor and other rhythm section musicians.

Professional Studies Courses:


STUDIO RECORDING 2 (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)
This course is a continuation of Studio Recording 1 and offers the student an opportunity to record in typical real-life over-dubbing sessions in which he/she records in a variety of live and pre-recorded situations.
 
REAL-DEAL REHEARSAL 2 (8 class sequence – 16 contact hours)
This course gives students the practical experience of working together with a faculty “band leader” in an actual rehearsal situation. Students are introduced to a variety of musical settings, including working with a vocalist and lead horn players in different styles, additional percussionists and other instrumentalists.
 
Individual Study and Practice:


WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSONS (13 class sequence – 13 contact hours)
Students are assigned a private teacher who acts as the students principle teacher and advisor. Students meet weekly with this teacher 8 times during the semester, usually weekly, starting in week 2 of the semester. Students are also allocated 5 additional elective private lessons with a teacher, or series of teachers, of their choice.

DAILY INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE TIME
Students are assigned 2 hours a day during the week, open hours on the week end, and additional hours available at off peak times throughout the week.

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