Voice: Basics 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: How the Voice Works

  • Develop an understanding of anatomy for the singer
  • Physically define proper singing posture
  • Examine the condensed timeline of singing and relate it to your interests
  • Apply your knowledge of anatomy and posture into vocal exercises

Lesson 2: Breath and Supported Singing

  • Identify the muscles of the breath mechanism and their functions
  • Compare different types of breathing and muscular support
  • Demonstrate various onsets of tone
  • Listen and compare different inhalations and the effect on tone

Lesson 3: Preparation for Singing: Stretches and Movement for Singers

  • Physically engage in warm-up stretches
  • Discuss anatomy of the throat to illustrate importance of preparation
  • Demonstrate energizing stretches to help with lessons and performance

Lesson 4: Registers

  • Define and locate the different registers of the voice
  • Discover techniques to transition between registers
  • Discuss and assess different qualities of sound

Lesson 5: Learning your music

  • Define and compare basic form components
  • Define and interpret musical notation
  • Identify different strategies to memorize material
  • Distinguish and assess song form based upon listening

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Broadway Presents! Teens’ Musical Theatre Anthology (Publ. Hal Leonard; 2009 edition)
  • Folk Songs for Solo Singers Volume 1 (Publ. Alfred Music; 1996 edition)

Drums: Basics 2 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 16: Ride Cymbal

  • History of cymbals
  • Ride cymbal basics
  • Quarter-note grooves—three-way coordination
  • Eighth-note grooves—three-way coordination

Lesson 2: Hihat

  • Hihat basics
  • Hihat notation
  • Closed hihat grooves
  • Incorporating your left foot—four-way coordination

Lesson 3: Crash Cymbal

  • Crash cymbal basics
  • Essential crashes
  • Phrases with multiple crashes
  • Performance review preparation

Lesson 4: Introduction to Drum Fills

  • Drum fill basics
  • Snare drum fills—one beat
  • Snare drum fills—two beats
  • Snare drum fills—one measure

Lesson 5: Tom Toms

  • Tom-tom basics
  • Tuning the tom-toms
  • Two-beat tom-tom fills
  • Four-beat tom-tom fills
  • Performance review

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument (full set: floor tom, rack tom(s), snare drum, bass drum and pedal, ride cymbal, crash cymbal, hihat cymbal)
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Drum sticks (suggestion in lesson 1.5)
  • Drum Throne (stool)

Drums: Basics 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: Snare Drum Basics

  • History of the snare drum
  • Parts of the snare drum
  • Drumsticks and drum heads
  • Tuning the snare drum
  • Grip types
  • Proper technique for playing
  • Rudiments: single strokes and double strokes

Lesson 2: Rhythmic Notation

  • Pulse and tempo
  • Introduction to metronome use
  • Rhythmic notation basics
  • Notes and rests
  • Simple rhythms
  • Notation history

Lesson 3: Eighth & Sixteenths

  • Eighth notes and rests
  • Sixteenth notes and rests
  • Rudiments: paradiddles

Lesson 4: Bass Drum Basics 1

  • Parts of the bass drum and accessories
  • History of the bass drum
  • Tuning the bass drum
  • Bass drum technique
  • Bass drum rhythm exercises

Lesson 5: Bass Drum Basics 2

  • Bass drum rhythm exercises continued
  • Bass and snare drum rhythms—tw0-way coordination
  • Backbeat rhythms

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument (full set: floor tom, rack tom(s), snare drum, bass drum and pedal, ride cymbal, crash cymbal, hihat cymbal)
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • Drum sticks (suggestion in lesson 1.5)
  • Drum Throne (stool)

Guitar: Basics 1 – UC APPROVED

COURSE OVERVIEW:

Lesson 1: An Introduction to the Guitar

  • Guitar history
  • Types of guitars
  • Parts of the guitar
  • Holding the guitar
  • Plucking and picking
  • Hand health
  • Tuning the guitar

Lesson 2: Playing With Both Hands

  • Left hand position and fingering
  • How to read music diagrams
  • Fretting warm up
  • Strumming
  • G, C, and D chords

Lesson 3: Reading TAB and Rhythms

  • Warm up exercises
  • Beats and rhythm
  • Reading rhythms
  • How to read tablature
  • Reading rests
  • Guitar care
  • String replacement

Lesson 4: Reading Notes on the First and Second Strings

  • Notes on the first string
  • First string études
  • Notes on the second string
  • Second string études
  • Dotted rhythms

Lesson 5: Standard Notation Fundamentals

  • Standard notation
  • Up picking
  • Alternate picking
  • Rhythm assignments
  • The tie

Lesson 6: Accidentals

  • Guitar history
  • Accidentals
  • Notes on the third string
  • Syncopation

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Working instrument & pick
  • Reliable access to a computer and internet
  • Recording device for recording assignments (phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.)
  • The Rhythm Trainer (John Blank; http://www.therhythmtrainer.com)
  • Tuner (electronic tuner, computer program, or phone app are all suitable)
  • Metronome