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Music Performance Courses (MUSP) College of Arts and Sciences


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
MUSP 1600 Irish Fiddle/Beginner Fall 0
Course Description

Students will learn to play easy tunes by ear and begin to develop violin technique using scales, bowing and fingering exercises, and note-reading practice. At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to perform with the advanced fiddle and whistle students. Violin rentals are possible. A small portable recorder is required.


Instructor(s): Sheila Falls-Keohane

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance course.

MUSP 1606 Tin Whistle/Beginner Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

Learn to read and play the basic airs and dance music of Ireland on tin whistle. At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to perform in concert with the advanced fiddle and whistle students. Lessons are taught by Jimmy Noonan, a well-known and respected Irish tin whistle and flute player and teacher. Any make of D-major tin whistle is required and are available for purchase locally at a nominal cost. A portable recording device is required. Fall participants may continue in spring semester, but new students may not enroll in spring semester.


Instructor(s): James Noonan

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance course

MUSP 1615 Irish Fiddle/Experienced Beginner Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

For students who have taken a full semester of Beginner Irish Fiddle (MUSP1600) or have at least one year's experience playing the violin. This class will help students continue in the development of violin technique. Students will learn more advanced Irish dance tunes with some beginning ornamentation (bowing and fingering). Students may take the experienced beginner class for more than one semester until they feel ready to move to the Intermediate level. Violin rentals are possible. A small portable recorder is required. Fall participants may continue in spring semester, but new students may not enroll in spring semester.


Instructor(s): Sheila Falls-Keohane

Prerequisites: MUSP1600

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance course.

MUSP 1620 Traditional Irish Dance Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

This course will introduce students to the traditional dances of Ireland, including solo step dance footwork and group set and céilí dances. The class will include warm-ups, technique, and choreography, as well as occasional short readings, video viewings, and music listening exercises. Students will gain an understanding of Irish traditional musical rhythms, while physically embodying their intrinsic connection to the dance patterns. An uplifting and invigorating class. All levels welcome.


Instructor(s): Kieran Jordan

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

MUSP 1660 Middle Eastern Ensemble Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

This course is an ensemble dedicated to learning how to play music from cultures of the Middle East: the Arab World, Iran, Turkey, as well as parts of Central Asia. Repertoire covered includes rural and urban repertoires, popular music forms as well as art music genres. Permission of instructor required for enrollment.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Ann Lucas

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor required

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Comments:

MUSP 1750 Popular Styles Ensemble Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

Regular participation and coaching in jazz, rock, and fusion styles in small group sessions. Any appropriate instruments are welcome.


Instructor(s): Erik Kniffin

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance Course.

MUSP 1760 Introduction to Improvisation Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

Improvisation is a central feature of many Western musical styles. This course offers students the opportunity to learn how to improvise in jazz, blues and rock. In a hands-on manner, students are introduced to the fundamental concepts of improvising. No prior experience is necessary, and there is no prerequisite, but you should have at least some experience playing an instrument or singing. In addition to extensive in-class performance, accompaniment recordings are provided for practice outside class.


Instructor(s): Erik Kniffin

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance course

MUSP 1766 Intermediate Improvisation Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

This course focuses, in a hands-on manner, on three elements of improvisational skill in jazz, blues and rock as it advances from the basic concepts of improvisation introduced in Introduction to Improvisation. The course embraces different styles of improvisational music and directs attention to recognizing and responding to these styles in performance situations.


Instructor(s): Erik Kniffin

Prerequisites: MUSP1760 or Permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance course

MUSP 1770 Gospel Workshop Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

This course is a study and performance of the religious music of the Black Experience known as Spirituals and Gospels. One major performance is given each semester. Concerts and performances at local Black churches are also presented with the Voice of Imani Gospel Choir. The Gospel Workshop will provide the lab experience for MUSA2331 (AADS2266) and MUSA2332 (AADS2285). Members of these classes will be required to attend a number of rehearsals and performances of the Gospel Workshop. Members of the classes may sing in the choir but it is not required for the course.


Instructor(s): Chauncey McGlathery

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS2290

Comments: Performance course
No experience is required for membership, but a voice placement test is given to each student.

MUSP 1800 Symphonic Band Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

The Symphonic Band is open to the entire University community. Its members include undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. The ensemble performs largely traditional wind band music as well as large-scale orchestral transcriptions. The Symphonic Band also provides students with the opportunity to perform literature specifically designed for smaller chamber ensembles.


Instructor(s): David Healey and Conductor

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Performance course.

MUSP 1840 The Boston College Flute Ensemble Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

An ensemble devoted solely to music for multiple flutes. Meets once a week with a coach. Public performances at B.C. and in the community.


Instructor(s): Judy Grant

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Performance Course.

MUSP 1842 The Boston College Piano Ensemble Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

The Boston College Piano Ensemble provides an opportunity for pianists to meet with one another and play four, six and eight-hand works at both one and two pianos. The Ensemble is open by audition to all members of the BC community who are intermediate or higher level pianists.


Instructor(s): Linda Papatopoli and Sandra Hebert

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Performance course.

MUSP 1845 The Boston College Cello Ensemble Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

The Boston College Cello Ensemble is a group of 8-15 cellists, performing arrangements and original works for multiple cellos. Repertoire ranges from the Baroque through contemporary works, as well as arrangements of rock and jazz classics. The Cello Ensemble performs regularly in conjunction with the Chamber Music Society.


Instructor(s): Junko Fujiwara

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance Course.

MUSP 1860 The Boston College Early Music Ensemble Spring 0
Course Description

The Boston College Early Music Ensemble is a small string ensemble that specializes in music of the Baroque period, including J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann and their contemporaries. Students learn Baroque bow techniques, and have the opportunity to play solo parts in the varied concerto literature of the period. The ensemble performs in late spring both in Gasson Hall and as a part of the Arts Festival.


Instructor(s): Anne-Marie Chubet and Sandy Hebert

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance Course.

MUSP 1900 Individual Vocal/Instrumental Instruction Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

This non-credit course consists of eleven 60-minute private lessons on an instrument or in voice. Lessons must be arranged through the Music Department before the end of the drop/add period.


Instructor(s): Sandra Hebert

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

MUSP 1910 Individual Vocal/Instrumental Instruction Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

This non-credit course consists of eleven 45-minute private lessons on an instrument or in voice. Lessons must be arranged through the Music Department before the end of the drop/add period.


Instructor(s): Sandra Hebert

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

MUSP 1920 Individual Instrumental/Vocal Instruction Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

This non-credit course consists of eleven 60-minute private lessons on an instrument or in voice. Lessons must be arranged through the Music Department before the end of the drop/add period.


Instructor(s): Sandra Hebert

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance Course.
Fee required.

MUSP 1925 Individual Instrumental/Vocal Instruction Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

This course consists of eleven 60-minute private lessons on an instrument or in voice. Private lessons taken for credit will receive a single credit per semester. A maximum of three credits may be received for lessons. Lessons must be arranged through the Music Department before the end of the drop/add period.


Instructor(s): Sandra Hebert

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance Course.
Fee required.

MUSP 2600 Irish Fiddle/Intermediate Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

For students who have at least three years experience playing the violin (classical or traditional Irish) or who have taken the Experienced Beginner class (MUSP 1615) and who the instructor feels is ready for the intermediate level. Traditional music will be taught with a focus on ornamentation, bowing, and style. Airs and dance music of Ireland will be covered along with music of the ancient Bardic harpers and court musicians. Violin rentals are possible. A small portable recorder is required.


Instructor(s): Sheila Falls-Keohane

Prerequisites: MUSP1615

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance course.

MUSP 2606 Tin Whistle/Experienced to Intermediate Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

For students who have taken a full semester of Beginner Tin Whistle or who have at least one year's experience playing flute. The class will help students develop whistle playing while learning more advanced Irish tunes with beginning ornamentation common to Irish music. Lessons are taught by Jimmy Noonan, a well-known and respected Irish tin whistle and flute player and teacher. Any make of D-major tin whistle is required and are available for purchase locally at a nominal cost. A small tape recorder is required.


Instructor(s): Jimmy Noonan

Prerequisites: MUSP1606

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance course

MUSP 2710 Advanced Improvisation Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

This course offers the advanced improvisor the opportunity to build higher order skills of improvisation in the jazz and rock idioms. While the course entails extensive instruction in music theory, the focus is on application of theoretical concepts to real-world improvisational contexts. The course outlines advanced concepts in melody-shaping, form/harmony, and musical style.


Instructor(s): Erik Kniffin

Prerequisites: MUSP1766 or Permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance course

MUSP 2720 B.C. bOp! Jazz Ensemble Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

B.C. bOp! is an ensemble dedicated to the highest levels of instrumental and vocal jazz performance. Membership is determined by audition. Instrumentation for B.C. bOp! consists of five saxophones, five trumpets, four trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums, auxiliary percussion, and a vocal ensemble of four to six mixed voices. B.C. bOp! performs jazz and popular music from the 1940's to the 1990's and appeals to a wide range of musical tastes.


Instructor(s): Sebastian Bonaiuto, Conductor, JoJo David and Vocal Director

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance course.
Audition required.

MUSP 2750 Musical Theater Performance Fall/Spring 0
Course Description


Instructor(s): Pamela Murray and Sandra Hebert

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: THTR2214

Comments: Performance Course.

MUSP 2800 University Wind Ensemble Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

The University Wind Ensemble is a select ensemble of 46 woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists whose membership is determined by competitive audition or by invitation of the conductor. Members are highly skilled and highly motivated student musicians for whom making music is a personal priority. The ensemble performs wind literature of the highest quality and challenge. The University Wind Ensemble serves as the parent group for the performance of a wide variety of chamber music. The University Wind Ensemble is a full-year commitment.


Instructor(s): Sebastian Bonaiuto and Conductor

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Performance Course. Audition required

MUSP 2820 Chamber Music Ensembles Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

Regular participation and coaching in chamber ensembles. The course is offered without credit and is open to any qualified student. It will fulfill the music major requirement for ensemble performance.


Instructor(s): Sandra Hebert, Junko Fujiwara, Anne-Marie Chubet, Randy McGee and Lindsay Albert

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance course.

MUSP 2840 The Boston College Symphony Orchestra Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

The orchestra gives three full concerts each year plus the annual Christmas Concert with the University Chorale. Recent programs have included Haydn's Symphony No. 99, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, and Copland's Appalachian Spring. The orchestra sponsors the annual Concerto/Aria Competition. Membership is by audition only.


Instructor(s): John Finney

Prerequisites: Audition required.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance course.

MUSP 2850 Boston College Opera Workshop Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

Opera Workshop is open by audition to all Boston College students seeking vocal and stage experience in opera, operetta and musical theater repertoire. Students have the opportunity to experience lead, supporting and ensemble roles, and occasionally will also present solo arias. OpShop presents performances in both Gasson Hall and as a part of the Arts Festival.


Instructor(s): Randy McGee and Sandra Hebert

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: THTR2215

Comments: Performance Course.

MUSP 2852 Art Song Performance Fall/Spring 0
Course Description


Instructor(s): Lindsay Albert

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Performance Course.