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WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM
Washington University will be presenting the Jazz Course in affiliation with the Accademia Europea di Firenze in June.
Students will learn Italian in the mornings from Monday to Friday.
In addition to the Italian lessons there will be 7 hours a week of the Jazz Course plus an extra hour of instrument course.
The jazz lessons will be ministered by WU’s own Prof. William Lenihan.
Students must take the three required courses:
One of the following course:
SITUATING MUSICIANSHIP and MUSICAL MEANINGS
This class meets four days per week for 1½ hours, a total of 24 contact hours.
In this course, students develop listening skills needed for the understanding of formal concepts and musical gesture, while they simultaneously increase their abilities of doing real-time analyses. Specific exercises, including dictation and transcription, expand students’ methodological abilities to consider musical structures and meanings in a variety of diverse styles. This aural studies class provides for the development of professional skills involved in understanding and accounting for the harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic aspects of complex music. Techniques of melodic form and harmonization are synthesized through further exploration of the local structures of narrative music, considering guide tones, gesture, motive, sentence, phrase and period. Throughout the course, students critically investigate issues of subjectivity and situated musical meanings emergent in hierarchical and discursive aspects of music-making.Texts and Reading [in translation]
THE CRAFT OF COMPOSITION and IMPROVISATIONLenihan
This class meets two days per week in a seminar fashion for a total of 8 contact hours.
Students learn the basic craft of composition using diverse models and forms in European and American musics. This detailed study of composition includes aspects of narrative forms such as melody, harmony, counterpoint, voice-leading, and architectonic structures. Students engage in rigorous compositional exercises enabling the development of their craft. Time will be allocated in each class period to critically listen to music and take-home guided listening assignments will further develop course themes. Students involved in jazz and improvisation-based musics are encouraged to perform real-time musical-structural compositional tasks as improvisation. Transcriptions of improvisations are used as style guides while scores of composed music provide written models for fundamental topics. The course culminates in students presenting a composition and an improvised performance deploying the skills they developed.Texts and readings include –
APPLIED MUSIC [Jazz or Western Classical Music]
Four one-hour lessons and three presentations/demonstrations per student = 7 contact hours
In Summer 2014 the program will run from June 3 through June 27.
For more information about credits and about the program, please visit Washington University´s website here.
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