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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.

 

PERFORMANCE MUSICIANSHIP PROGRAM (PMP) 3 CREDITS

 

This program is designed to prepare the student to meet the requirements of most full-time accredited colleges and universities, including Berklee College of Music, while expanding the practical musicianship skills required to succeed as a professional musician, especially in the area of learning the common repertoire for a number of important styles, including:

Jazz(traditional and contemporary)
Brazilian
Afro-Cuban
Afro-Caribbean
R and B/Funk/Pop
Roc
Shuffles
Odd Times
 
Throughout the semester, technical, musical, and performance issues are discussed. Students learn to interpret written charts as well as compose their own shorthand charts. Each week students play two rehearsals with a band consisting of piano, bass, and guitar. For the R and B / Funk /Pop, Afro Caribbean, and Rock sequences, a vocalist augments the band. In addition to the rhythm sections class, The PMP students participate in  musicianship, elective, and reading classes as well as
private lessons.


This program includes the following courses:

 

READING PROFICIENCY PROGRAM (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)
The Collective 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

 

MUSICIANSHIP (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)
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 material as it is presented. (by placement exam)

REPERTOIRE SEQUENCE


REP LAB
This course gives students the opportunity to rehearse together in a rhythm section setting to learn the “must know” tunes that any competent professional musician would be expected to know when called to do a gig.

 

Styles covered:

  1. Jazz
  2. R&B/Funk
  3. Brazilian
  4. Afro-Cuban
  5. Afro-Caribbean
  6. Rock


REPERTOIRE LAB REHEARSAL (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)
This performance-oriented class gives students the opportunity to perform with a professional rhythm section, playing challenging repertoire, in a variety of styles and meters. Students are required to learn a designated number of tunes from The Collective's “must know” tune list.

ELECTIVE CLASS (8 class sequence – 16 contact hours)
Students choose from a series of elective classes. (class list shown below).
 
Individual Study and Practice:


WEEKLY ELECTIVE PRIVATE LESSONS (5 contact hours)
Students may study with an individual instructor or series of instructors of their choice. Students enrolled in the Performance Musicianship Program receive 5 elective private lessons with the program.
 
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.

 

*ELECTIVE CLASS COURSE OFFERINGS*
These courses are offered every semester-contingent upon enrollment. Elective classes are included in every second-year program: PMP, EIP, and APP. Students in these programs should make a selection from the list below. Students not in one of these programs may add an elective class to their program for an additional tuition fee.

PERFORMANCE SERIES

1.  DRUMMERS SOLOING/IMPROVISATION
Students work on developing their musical spontaneity in within given formal structures and contexts. Soloing and improvisation is studied in a number of important styles and settings. Available for non-drum students upon request.

2. ODD METERS
Students work in a systematic way to achieve fluency in the  less common meters and subdivisions, with a strong focus on musical application in accompaniment and soloing situations. Odd meters in /4, /8, /16*,  rhythm scales and rhythmic subdivisions over multiple beats will be among the topics covered in this course.

3. POLYRHYTHMS

The complexity of polyrhythms is laid out in an relatively easy to understand system, which helps students to find musical applications to each set of rhythmic and metric combinations.

4.  HARMONIC LINEAR IMPROVISATION
This course goes through a series of sequential exercises designed to help students master common chord progressions and their associated key centers. Chord patterns start with diatonic 7th chords and progress through 251 progressions, altered chords, and chord extensions.  

DIGITAL MUSIC PRODUCTION SERIES

1.  MUSICIANSHIP  
This course links the study of music theory with its practical application aural and keyboard skills. Students apply information studied in class to the piano keyboard. Course topics include scales, chord structures, chord progressions, and song forms.

2.  COMPOSITION / ARRANGING
Students learn to apply basic musical concepts to the writing and arranging of original material. Both live and electronic media are used in this course.

3.  DIGITAL MUSIC PRODUCTION  
Students are introduced to the professional state-of-the-art recording techniques and software, including Pro-Tools, Digital Performer, and Logic.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

1.  PERSONAL MARKETING AND PROMOTION
This course is designed to help students become self-sufficient in the utilization of contemporary digital tools for the purpose of promoting themselves and their music. Students learn the basics of web, Myspace, and facebook site development and construction and design, using state-of-the-art Adobe Creative Suite software. The goal of the course is for each student to launch there own MySpace or Facebook site, and to understand how to proceed to launch their own web site.

2.  DEVELOPING A POSITIVE PERFORMANCE THOUGHT & FEEL
This course helps a student to understand and overcome the stresses related to music performance. This seminar is aimed at illuminating the various dynamics that provoke anxiety and introduce concepts which help to develop positive performance thought.

This course also aims at supplying tools to develop basic feels and gain an understanding which enables growth into a refined, original and versatile feel.  The main feels that will be examined include, Samba, Partido Alto, 3/4 Samba, Baiao, Cascara, Clave, Songo, Mozambique, Afro Cuban 6/8, Contemporary Funk, 3/4 Funk & Swing.

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