Courses

Code Course Credits

VPM 110

American Popular Music in the 20th Century (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course presents the diverse genres of American 20th century popular music as they developed from American psalmody, European classical music, and folk music and jazz. Emphasis is on critical thinking and writing about American pop, rock, and jazz. Students may attend a live concert in Boston.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar requirement.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

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VPM 132

Instrument Methods and Musicianship: Jump on the Bandwagon

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

This class will enable students to master fundamental musical skills in performing and reading music. The curriculum will focus on woodwinds and brass. Classes will include individual as well as group playing. No musical experience required.

Students may rent instruments from a local vendor (approximate cost $50-100 per semester.)

3

VPM 133

Collegiate Chorale

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The Stonehill College Collegiate Chorale welcomes students interested in singing. Students learn and perform music from many historical periods and styles. Proper vocal and choral techniques are practiced during rehearsals. One or more performances will be given each semester.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. Students are required to purchase and wear approved concert attire.

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VPM 134

Concert Ensemble

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The Stonehill College Concert Ensemble is a performing ensemble for experienced wind, percussion, and string musicians. The ensemble performs a variety of musical styles each semester. Campus performances enable members of the Concert Ensemble to showcase their talent.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Instructor.
Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. Students are required to purchase and wear approved concert attire.

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VPM 137

Chamber Music Workshop: Orchestra

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course is an opportunity for orchestral string, woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists to play in a chamber orchestra. Repertoire and seating assignments are based on experience level. Students who have instrumental performance experience are encouraged to participate. Campus performances allow members of the chamber orchestra to showcase their talent.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of the Instructor.
Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. Students are required to purchase and wear approved concert attire.

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VPM 137

Chamber Music Workshop: Vocal Ensemble

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course teaches repertory for small vocal ensemble, and/or voices with instruments. Students may work with instrumentalists from the orchestra section. Singers and players of all levels will perform for the College community at the semester's end. Students should already be able to read music.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course.

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VPM 139

Guitar Ensemble

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

In this ensemble students learn introductory musical skills including basic jazz theory, scales, notation and chord grids, comping and soloing, which are applied to the study of jazz standards or equivalent repertory. This course culminates in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course.

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VPM 140

Studio Guitar

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio guitar students will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertory will be tailored to student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment and development of proper technique; note reading, notation and chord grids; scales and chords; improvisation; performance skills, memorization, audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 140.

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VPM 141

Studio Piano

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio piano students will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertory will be individually tailored to the students' needs and preferences. Course will also involve performance classes, master-classes, and coaching sessions, and will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 141.

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VPM 142

Studio Brass

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio brass students (trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, euphonium, baritone) will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 142.

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VPM 143

Studio Percussion

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio percussion students will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 143.

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VPM 144

Studio Strings

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio string students (violin, viola, cello, double bass) will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 144.

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VPM 145

Studio Woodwinds

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio woodwind students (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon) will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 145.

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VPM 146

Studio Voice

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio voice students will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 146.

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VPM 180

Creating Music

Offered: Fall Semester

Unleash your creativity in this fun and satisfying class in which the basics of music are taught by hands-on activities using a variety of instruments. Students will learn how to play rhythms and melodies on different instruments, and will create their own pieces with their new skills.

Students may use their own instruments or those supplied by Stonehill.

3

VPM 183

History of Music I: European Roots

Offered: Fall Semester

This survey of European Classical Music covers music composed between 1600 and the present day. The musical focus includes sacred music of Western composers and their expression of the Catholic liturgy through music.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

VPM 184

History of Music II: Non-Western Traditions

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This introduction to world music covers the rich and fascinating vocal and instrumental music from the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific, as well as non-classical musical traditions of Europe and North America. The class will examine various types of music; the instruments which best represent them, and the cultures in which they are embedded. The class will attend concerts of live music on and off campus.

Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor. Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

VPM 185

Arts in the Classroom: Successful Collaborations

Offered: Offered for first time Fall 2015

Pre-service teachers will explore successful collaborations with music specialists. Working in partnership with a music specialist, pre-service teachers will prepare creative lesson plans which fulfill the Massachusetts K-12 Curriculum Frameworks. Through this collaboration, teachers will develop partnering skills which support higher levels of student achievement.

3

VPM 186

Introduction to Music Technology

Offered: Fall Semester

Students will develop skills in music technology through the use of computer and musical equipment. Projects and areas of study may include synchronizing sound with video for in-class commercials and short video clips, integrating audio into practice website and social media sites, and producing demonstration recordings for portfolios.

3

VPM 231

Piano Workshop

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This workshop provides an introduction to the study of the piano in a class setting, and is intended for beginning students. Students will learn about reading music, basic chords, piano technique, and both individual and ensemble performance. Students will use digital pianos with headphones for individualized instruction. The course culminates with a performance for the college community.

3

VPM 232

Voice Workshop

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Students will learn physiology and classical vocal production, while acquiring enhanced performance skills through practice and performance in class. Singing repertory is drawn from various styles and will be tailored to individual talents and needs. Ability to read music not necessary for this class.

3

VPM 235

American Music in the 20th Century

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This class concentrates on developments in American music during the 20th Century. Classical, jazz, Broadway, popular, and folk are explored, as well as the interrelation among music, theatre, dance and movies. Students are encouraged to engage in independent projects.

The class will attend concerts on and off campus.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

VPM 237

Musical Instruments of the World

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course is an introduction to ancient and modern instruments. Students will develop an understanding of instruments through the use of listening exercises, video, and hands-on experiences. Assignments will draw from Western and non-Western repertories and will connect instrumental and cultural heritages.

Student will attend live concerts and field trips.Course may be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

VPM 240

Music Theory

Offered: Spring Semester

This class is a continuation of VPM 180 - Creating Music, and is designed to give students the opportunity to learn traditional harmonic language in depth through weekly assignments and independent projects. Students will use standard notation, electronic technology and a variety of instruments, either their own, or those provided by Stonehill.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 180 or Consent of Instructor.

3

VPM 241

Composition: Songwriting

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course explores the process of songwriting from lyric, through melody, to harmony. Students will write songs while being guided through exercises designed to broaden the student's facility with the constituent elements of song. The course will examine illustrative examples of effective songs from a variety of sources. The semester will culminate in a public presentation of student work.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 180 or Instructor permission.

3

VPM 243

Hear Her Voice! Women Music Makers, Religion and Spirituality

Offered: Spring Semester

Hear Her Voice! - Women Music Makers, Religion, and Spirituality examines the ways in which women have used music to express their religious conviction and spirituality in Christian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Native-American traditions. Female musicians, dancers, and composers have contributed to sacred musical practices across the globe. This course illuminates those practices and corresponding expressions of faith, rites, and traditions.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

VPM 244

Ten Centuries of the Musical Mass

Offered: Alternate Years; Fall 2015, 2017

Ten Centuries of the Musical Mass is a study of the Mass through a musical lens. Between the 11th and 20th centuries European composers set the Mass to music for sacred services and secular public performances. Ten Centuries of the Musical Mass will illuminate key developments of the Mass and their corresponding musical expressions.

3

VPM 246

Sound Recording Techniques

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2015, 2017

Students will develop skills in multi-track recording techniques through the use of hands on, in class projects. Course content will focus on acoustics, recording equipment, editing, and mixing. Students will also develop their skills through hands on individual and group projects.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 186 or instructor permission.

3

VPM 331

Advanced Piano Workshop

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This workshop is a continuation of VPM 231 - Piano Workshop , and is designed for students with a strong piano background. Intermediate to advanced repertory will be tailored to individual needs. Students will play solo and ensemble pieces in several public performances during the semester.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 231 or consent of the Instructor.

3

VPM 450

Capstone in Music

Offered: Spring Semester

This Capstone course draws together principle components of undergraduate study in a semester-long research or creative project designed to demonstrate students' skills, abilities and talents. The project may connect two fields of study or emphasize a particular field not formerly studied. Specific topic will vary by course.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and Consent of Instructor.

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