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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.

 

Advanced Performance Program – 1 (APP-1)


Level 5-6
 (17.5 Credits)

 

This is one of two programs that are designed to help student’s transition from being a student to becoming a professional musician. Courses focus on musicianship, technology, and include a final video and audio recording, showcasing each student’s unique talent. Students have the responsibility of choosing the material they want to rehearse, perform, and record. A faculty producer/advisor is assigned to each student to offer advice and help guide him or her through the process of producing his or her own final product.

 

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 7. Students learn sight-reading skills and the ability to interpret music from a wide variety of sources and formats.

 

Professional Musicianship: 
 (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)
 This program is designed as a resource for each student to be able to work toward developing their compositional and arrangement skills. Each student will be required to compose an original piece of music to be performed at the final recital.

 

Digital Music Production: 
 (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours) 
Having a command of current digital music technology is essential for today’s professional musician. This course focuses on recording and editing each student’s course material using Pro-Tools software.

 

Pro Performance Sequence: (40 class sequence – 80 contact hours)

 

1. Producers Rehearsal 1: (8 class sequence – 16 contact hours)
 This session is used to try out the material that the student has chosen. Students are responsible to rehearse their music under the guidance of the faculty advisor.

 

2. Band Rehearsal 2: (8 class sequence – 16 contact hours) 
Students are responsible to finish rehearsing their material and prepare for it to be recorded the following day.

 

3. Pro Recording Session: (8 class sequence – 16 contact hours)
 Students are given the opportunity to do a live recording of the material previously presented and rehearsed.

 

4. Overdubbing/Mix down Session: (8 class sequence – 24 contact hours)
 
Students gain experience in practical over-dubbing sessions. In addition, each student meets with the staff engineer and participates in making a reference mix-down of his or her weekly project. Tapes are reviewed and critiqued by their faculty advisor.

 

5. Producer/Advisor Meeting & Review of Recorded Material: (9 class sequence – 9 contact hours)
 
Students meet weekly with their faculty advisor to review previously recorded material and discuss potential new material. Students are required to perform on at least one piece of music that they have either written or arranged. A large library of charts is available to students. Material that a student chooses that does not have a written chart will be transcribed. Each student is allowed one transcription per semester.

 

6. Elective Class/Private Lessons: (8 class sequence, or 5 elective private lessons)
 Students may personalize their plan of study by choosing from the list of elective classes or opting instead to take elective private lessons.

 

7. Public Recital: (1 class – 2 contact hours) 
The final public recital and recording represents the culmination of all the work done in the program. Each student chooses and arranges a number of pieces to perform at the recital and to record in the final recording.

 

8. Daily Individual Practice Time: 
Students are assigned 2 hours a day during the week. Open practice time hours are available on the weekend. Additional hours are available
 at off peak times throughout the week.

 

 

Advanced Performance Program – 2 (APP-2)

Level 5
 (4 Credits)

 

This is the second of two programs that are available to students and are designed to help them transition from being a student to becoming a professional musician. Courses focus on musicianship, performance, and technology. Students will receive a final professional quality audio recording and video, showcasing their unique talents. Each student has the responsibility of choosing, the material they want to rehearse, perform, and record.

 

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 7. Students learn sight-reading skills and the ability to interpret music from a wide variety of sources and formats.

 

Professional Musicianship: 
 (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)
 This program is designed as a resource for each student to be able to work toward developing their compositional and arrangement skills. Each student will be required to compose an original piece of music to be performed at the final recital.

 

Digital Music Production: 
 (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours) 
Having a command of current digital music technology is essential for today’s professional musician. This course focuses on recording and editing each student’s course material using Pro-Tools software.

 

Pro performance Sequence: (40 class sequence – 80 contact hours)


 

1. Band Rehearsal 2: (8 class sequence – 16 contact hours)
 Students are responsible to finish rehearsing their material and prepare for it to be recorded the following day.

 

2. Pro Recording Session: (8 class sequence – 24 contact hours)
 Students are given additional studio time (as opposed to APP-1) to record the material previously presented and rehearsed.

 

3. Overdubbing/Mix down Session: (8 class sequence – 24 contact hours)
 
 Students gain experience in practical over-dubbing sessions. In addition, each student meets with the staff engineer and participates in making a reference mix-down of his or her weekly project. Tapes are reviewed and critiqued by their faculty advisor.

 

4. Producer/Advisor Meeting  & Review of Recorded Material: (9 class sequence – 9 contact hours)
 
 Students meet weekly with their faculty advisor to review previously recorded material and discuss potential new material. Students are required to perform on at least one piece of music that they have either written or arranged. A large library of charts is available to students. Material that a student chooses that does not have a written chart will be transcribed. Each student is allowed one transcription per semester.

 

5. Elective Private Lessons: (4 private elective private lessons)
 Students may personalize their plan of study by choosing from the list of elective classes or opting instead to take elective private lessons.

 

6. Daily Individual Practice Time: 
 Students are assigned 2 hours a day during the week. Open practice time hours are available on the weekend. Additional hours are available
 at off peak times throughout the week.

 

7. Final Demo
: The goal for each student is to end the semester with a professional quality demo which may be used for non-commercial promotional purposes.

 

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