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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) 4 CREDITS

This program is designed to help students transition from being a student to becoming a professional musician. Courses focus on musicianship, technology, and a final video and audio recording, showcasing each student’s unique talent. Student’s have the responsibility of choosing, the material they want to rehearse, perform, and perform. A faculty producer/advisor is assigned to each student to offer advice and help guide them through the process of producing their own final product.

This program includes the following courses:


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

PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANSHIP

This program id designed to as a resource for each student to be able to work towards developing their compositional and arranging skills. Each student will be required to compose an original piece of music to be performed at the final recital.

DIGITAL MUSIC PRODUCTION
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 the popular the ProTools software.
 
PRO PERFORMANCE SEQUENCE: (40 class sequence – 80 contact hours)
1.   REHEARSAL 1 (trying out new material)
This session is used to try out the material that the student has chosen. Students are responsible to rehearse their under the guidance of the faculty advisor.
 
2.   REHEARSAL  2 (preparing for recording)
Students are responsible to finish rehearsing their material and prepare it to be recorded the following day.

3.   PRO RECORDING SESSION
Students are given the opportunity to do a live recording of the material previously presented and rehearsed.
 
4.   OVERDUBBING/MIXDOWN SESSION  
Students gain experience in practical over- dubbing, or "sweetening" sessions. In addition, each student meets with the staff engineer and participates in making a reference mix-down of his/her weekly project. Tapes are reviewed and critiqued by the assigned staff advisor.
 
5.   PRODUCER/ADVISOR MEETING & REVIEW OF RECORDED MATERIAL  
Students meet weekly with their assigned advisor to review previously recorded material and discuss potential new material. A large library of charts is available to students. Material which is chosen, but for which there is no written chart, will be transcribed – one per semester per student.
 
Students are required to perform on at least on piece of music which they have either written

ELECTIVE CLASS/ PRIVATE LESSONS (8 class sequence – 16 contact hours)
Students may further personalize their plan of study by choosing from the list of elective classes, or opting to take elective private lessons.
 
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. Video and audio copies are made of each performance and given to students for their own private and professional use.
 
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.

 

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 to as a resource for each student to be able to work towards developing their compositional and arranging 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 the popular the ProTools 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 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 do a live recording of the material previously presented and rehearsed.

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

5.   PRODUCER/ADVISOR MEETING & REVIEW OF RECORDED MATERIAL: (9 class sequence – 9 contact hours)
 
Students meet weekly with their assigned advisor to review previously recorded material and discuss potential new material. A large library of charts is available to students. Material, which is chosen, but for which there is no written chart, will be transcribed – one per semester per student. 
 Students are required to perform on at least one piece of music, which they have either written or arranged.

ELECTIVE CLASS PRIVATE LESSONS: (4 private elective private lessons)
 Students may further personalize their plan of study by choosing from the list of elective classes, or opting instead to take elective private lessons.

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.

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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