Spring Trimester 2016

Internationally celebrated artist-educator Richard Boukas shares his three decades of university teaching and cutting-edge musicianship training in two new exciting trimester courses (ten weeks). Faculty at New School Jazz and Contemporary Music since 1989 and a recipient of the Distinguished University Teaching Award, Richard’s empirically proven methods will empower musicians to aspire to their highest potential by equipping them with essential skills that universally prepare for them for jazz and any other musical style.

Notational Fluency for Transcription and Dictation: Level Three

LEVEL 3 is on request.
First Trimester : 2017: Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18.
Second Trimester : 2018: Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17.
Third trimester: 2018: March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9.

Designed to continue from Level two, this course develops notational fluency for transcribing melodic lines using more chromaticism and complex rhythms, chord progressions using harmonic reduction technique (root position and inverted harmonies) and dedicated rhythmic notation (drums, percussion). Unlike Level One (which used non-contextual examples), weekly assignments will use actual recordings of improvised jazz solos, walking basslines, and compositions (Jazz, Classical and Brazilian) for preparing professional lead sheets. Special attention is given to various phrasing and articulation markings. Theoretical and analytical concepts are employed to refine notational skills, examine key aspects of the improvised line and address more rich harmonic vocabularies.

In addition to continuing students, new students with a solid foundation in Level One and Two materials (see course description) are also encouraged to enroll.

Special Discount for Dual Enrollment
Given the critical interconnections between Ear Training and Notational Fluency, it is recommended that students enroll in both courses to achieve maximum benefits in musicianship. To encourage dual enrollment, NYJW will offer a discount of 20 % on tuition fees for the second course selected.