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Music (MUSIC)

MUSIC 450 Teaching Marching Band (2) Traditional and contemporary drill design principles, show development strategies, instructional techniques, and organizational procedures involved in teaching marching band.

MUSIC 450 Teaching Marching Band (2)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

MUSIC 450 is a marching band technique course for music education majors, band directors, and experienced marching band members. This course develops knowledge and skills required to organize and teach marching band with an emphasis on traditional and contemporary drill design and charting. Students are taught an eclectic understanding of drill systems, contemporary drill design, and visual design theory with opportunities to apply drill design computer software (Pyware Java 3D) in developing effective movements for marching units. Course topics include philosophy and role of marching band in the music program, historical perspectives, marching band styles, administration and organization of the marching band and auxiliary units and teaching techniques.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: MUSIC 345 or three years collegiate marching band experience or permission of program

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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