MI Bass Program

Bass

MI’s Bass programs have been setting the standard for contemporary bass education for over three decades. Under the direction of a world-class teaching staff of professional bassists, you develop the techniques, musicianship, technological expertise and playing experience to handle any style from funk to rock, jazz, Latin, R&B and more while you also unlock your unique playing style. MI’s performing opportunities are unmatched by any bass school in the world, and graduates are performing, recording, producing, composing and anchoring rhythm sections around the world.

Performance-Based Education in Contemporary Music

Musicians Institute’s challenging Bachelor of Music in Performance (Contemporary Styles) is a unique degree program combining contemporary music performance with rigorous education in traditional music disciplines. The intensive program emphasizes the development of stylistic depth, creative maturity and professional competence as part of a comprehensive program preparing you to enter today’s music industry. Upon completion of all requirements, you are eligible to receive the Bachelor of Music in Performance in one of five major instruments of study: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard and Vocals.

Major Area

  • BACH-PL Private Lesson
  • BACH-P151-P453 Bachelor Ensembles
  • (various) Instrument Study/Reading
  • BACH-P104-144 Performance
  • BACH-P108-P118 Sophomore Jury
  • BACH-P208-P218 Senior Jury

Supportive Music

  • BACH-P101-P801 Theory 1-8
  • BACH-P102-P602 Ear Training 1-6
  • BACH-P107 Styles Survey 1
  • BACH-P121-P223 Music History 1-4
  • BACH-P103-P503 Contemporary Arranging 1-5
  • BACH-P125 Directing and Conducting 2
  • BACH-P109-P209 Studio Recording 1-2
  • BACH-P124 Music Industry Studies 3
  • BACH-P127 Computer Music Applications – Sibelius 1
  • BACH-P128A-P128B Computer Music Applications – Apple Logic 1-2
  • BACH-P120 Contemporary Music Instruction
  • BACH-P113-P313 Keyboard Proficiency 1
  • BACH-V107 Diction

General Education Credits

Various (see “Articulation Agreement” for required credit distribution)

Electives Credits

Elective requirements vary by instrument, Various

Instrument Study

BACH Bass Playing Technique 1
Techniques for performing fundamental styles and grooves, including straight eighth-note rock, straight and swing sixteenth-note funk, standard shuffles, and 4/4-meter swing. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Bass Playing Technique 2
Prerequisite: BACH-B132 BACH Bass Playing Technique 1. A continuation of Playing Techniques 3 with concentration on styles and grooves, including 3/4 rock, 3/4 swing, odd-meter grooves, standard Brazilian grooves, sixteenth-note funk, and standard Afro-Cuban grooves. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Bass Playing Technique 3
Prerequisite: BACH-B242 BACH Bass Playing Technique 2. Course applies both finger and slap-style electric bass techniques to a variety of contemporary grooves, including Latin, jazz, odd-meter, funk, swing, shuffles, hip-hop, and others. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Bass Playing Technique 4
Prerequisite: BACH-B352 BACH Bass Playing Technique 3. Continued application of finger and slap-style electric bass techniques to a variety of contemporary grooves, including Afro-Cuban, jazz ballad, 4/4 swing, blues, cut-time Latin, and funk. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Bass Fretboard Basic 1
Expand diatonic harmonic components over a wide range of notes, neck area, fingerings and hand positions, including simple intervals, diatonic triads, seventh chords, and inversions over the entire length of the neck. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Bass Fretboard Basic 2
Prerequisite: BACH-B135 BACH Bass Fretboard Basic 1. Expands fingerings taught in Fretboard Basics 3 to cover chromatic harmony. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Bass Fretboard Improv 1
Prerequisite: BACH-B245 BACH Bass Fretboard Basic 2. Concentrates on the study of modes and modal playing, major II-V-I’s, and building a melodic vocabulary through the analysis of solos by Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and Cannonball Adderly. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Bass Fretboard Improv 2
Prerequisite: BACH-B355 BACH Bass Fretboard Improv 1. A continuation of Fretboard Improvisation 1, including a concentrated study of minor tonality, soloing over static dominant chords, and continued development of a melodic vocabulary through the analysis of solos. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Bass Reading 1
Class covers advanced levels of chart reading through the extensive use of detailed transcriptions in a wide range of styles, including rock, funk, pop, and contemporary instrumental. Concentration is on rhythmic accuracy, pitch recognition, and song form. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Bass Reading 2
Prerequisite: BACH-B133 BACH Bass Reading 1. A continuation of Reading 3. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Bass Reading 3
Prerequisite: BACH-B243 BACH Bass Reading 2. Students learn contemporary chart reading skills through the extensive use of transcriptions and professionally written arrangements. Focus is placed on sight-reading, pitch, and rhythm pattern recognition, position playing, and creating a cohesive sound. Class materials correlate with the All-MI Real World Live Performance Workshop. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

BACH Bass Reading 4
Prerequisite: BACH-B353 BACH Bass Reading 3. A continuation of Reading 5. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

The Associate of Arts in Performance (Bass) program includes a combination of general and instrument-specific courses designed to produce skilled, knowledgeable, stylistically versatile bassists. Courses are described below (see course catalog for specific course descriptions and other information). Combined with regular seminars, clinics, and small open counseling sessions with internationally-known bassists, the AA-Bass program provides the world’s premier contemporary bass educational experience.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Degree requirements vary by instrument and include some or all of the following courses. See each emphasis for details on specific requirements.

Major Area (All Instruments)

Private Lesson

Weekly instrument lesson with an instructor who guides you in developing technique, musicianship and style in support of core curricular goals. You and the instructor will custom-design a lesson plan specific to your needs, strengths and experience. One private lesson hour per week per quarter.

Live Performance Workshops 1-6

You perform regularly throughout the program in a variety of styles and settings. Minimum requirement of ten performances per quarter. One ensemble hour per week per quarter.

Blues

Classic Rock

Country Rock

Modern Rock

Hard Rock

Metal

Classic R&B

Punk

Contemporary R&B

Hip-Hop

Fusion

Funk

Reggae

Latin

Billboard Hot 100

 

Musicianship (Requirements vary by instrument)

Harmony and Theory 1

An introduction to harmony and theory as it applies to popular music. Includes the development of fundamental music notation skills for pitch and rhythm, major scales and key signatures, intervals and triads, and major scale harmonies. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Harmony and Theory 2

A continuation of the study of musical notation and structures, including rhythmic values, time signatures, natural minor scales and key signatures, harmonized minor scales, diatonic seventh chords and key centers. One Lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Harmony and Theory 3

Variations on diatonic structures. Topics include pentatonic scales and blues, inverted, extended and non-standard chord types, chord symbols and modes. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Harmony and Theory 4

Non-diatonic melody and harmony. Topics include variations in minor-key harmony and melody, modal interchange, secondary dominants, diatonic substitution and modulation. One lecture hour and one lab

Harmony and Theory 5

A study of advanced concepts in harmony, including altered scales and chords, symmetrical scales and chromatic harmony. Students learn to analyze scale/chord relationships and understand non-diatonic progressions from the perspective of both the player and writer. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 1

An introduction to Ear Training as it applies to popular music. Areas of focus include matching pitch, major scale melodies and melodic intervals in the context of examples drawn from contemporary popular music. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 2

Topics include meter and rhythm, eighth-note phrases, sight singing, transcribing melody and rhythm on the staff, harmonic intervals, triad qualities and diatonic major chord progressions. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 3

Concentrates on the recognition and transcription of diatonic minor-key melodies and chord progressions as applied to contemporary popular music. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 4

Concentrates on the recognition and the transcription of diatonic major and minor melody and harmony, and rhythmic figures including sixteenth notes. Includes specific examples drawn from contemporary popular music. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 5

Recognition and transcription of non-diatonic melody and harmony, rhythmic figures based on triplets, and compound time signatures. Concepts are related directly to their application in the contemporary popular music. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 6

Applied transcription skills, including chart notation, rhythm charts and lead sheets.  Concepts are related directly to their application in contemporary popular music. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

MAJOR AREA

Private Lesson

Twelve credit units required (two per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

Live Performance Workshops 1-6

Six credit units required (one per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

Playing Techniques 1

Covers techniques for finger style bass playing including correct posture, hand positioning, finger independence, picking and muting. All techniques are trained through extensive exercises. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Playing Techniques 2

Covers techniques for slap-style bass playing, including thumb/pluck technique, muting, articulation, rhythmic variations and embellishment. All techniques are trained through extensive exercises. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Playing Techniques 3

Class applies the techniques developed in Playing Techniques 1-2 to fundamental styles and grooves, including straight eighth-note rock, straight and swing sixteenth-note funk, standard shuffles and 4/4-meter swing. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Playing Techniques 4

A continuation of Playing Techniques 3 with concentration on styles and grooves including 3/4 rock, 3/4 swing, odd-meter grooves, standard Brazilian grooves, sixteenth-note funk and standard Afro-Cuban grooves. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Playing Techniques 5

Course applies both finger and slap-style electric bass techniques to a variety of contemporary grooves, including Latin, jazz, odd-meter, funk, swing, shuffles, hip-hop and others. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

 

Playing Techniques 6

Continued application of finger and slap-style electric bass techniques to a variety of contemporary grooves, including Afro-Cuban, jazz ballad, 4/4 swing, blues, cut-time Latin and funk. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Fretboard Basics 1

Trains you to break the diatonic scale into smaller components (modal patterns, intervals and triads) and directly relate this information to the electric bass fretboard. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Fretboard Basics 2

Trains you to break the harmonized major, minor, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales into their fundamental components, including triads and diatonic seventh chords, and directly relate this information to the electric bass fretboard. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Fretboard Basics 3

The curriculum is designed to develop an electric bass player’s knowledge of arpeggios. Major triads, minor triads, major seventh, dominant seventh, and minor seventh-flat five chords will all be discussed. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Fretboard Basics 4

The curriculum is designed to develop an electric bass player’s knowledge of chords. Double stops, major, minor, diminished, and augmented triads, seventh chords, and playing chords with bass lines in a variety of styles will all be discussed. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Fretboard Improvisation 1

Concentrates on the study of modes and modal playing, major II-V-I’s and building a melodic vocabulary through the analysis of solos by Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and Cannonball Adderly. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Fretboard Improvisation 2

A continuation of Fretboard Improvisation 1 including a concentrated study of minor tonality, soloing over static dominant chords and continued development of a melodic vocabulary through the analysis of solos. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 1

Introduces the novice reader to the basic elements of music reading in bass clef, including rhythmic subdivisions, pitch identification, position playing on all four strings and scale forms. You perform in solo and ensemble settings. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 2

A continuation of Reading 1. Introduces the bassist to more advanced elements of music reading including triplet subdivisions, flat-key pitch identification, ties, dynamic markings, chord symbols and basic chart reading. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 3

You will work on 2 octave scales and in all keys and modes. You will also play a variety of melodic etudes in a variety of scales and modes designed to further their reading skills and improve their knowledge and understanding of note placement on the neck. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 4

You will continue to work on scales and etudes to advance their note reading skills. A variety of charts in different styles will also be introduced to further the students chart reading skills. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 5

You will work on advanced reading skills, including reading upper register bass lines and treble clef while playing a series of duets for the bass. Listening skills will also be improved by interacting with the other bass player while playing the duets. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 6

Students will continue their study of bass duets to further their note reading and listening skills. Students will also be given advanced charts in a variety of musical styles to improve their chart reading skills. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 1

An introduction to ensemble performance that focuses on listening and dynamics, awareness of song form, basic chart reading as well as practical performing techniques such as giving and following cues, instrument setup, sound, and stage presence. You perform each week to develop and apply these fundamental technical approaches in a variety of popular styles while gaining live experience. Two lecture-ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 2

A continuation of Rhythm Section Workshop 1 with a concentration on learning practical performing techniques in a variety of grooves and styles including shuffles, sixteenth-note grooves, ballads and walking bass lines. Two lecture-ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 3

Emphasizes the fundamental rhythm section textures of various popular styles and the skills necessary for playing them. Concentration on handling variations in typical song form, improving chart-reading skills and taking a leadership role within the group. Two lecture-ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 4

A continuation of Rhythm Section Workshop 3 with concentration on performing ballads, half-time-feel grooves, double-time-feel grooves, bass intros and changing meters. Two lecture-ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Bass Studio Recording 1

Focuses on the development of the bassist as a studio musician in the digital recording environment. You create, perform and record bass lines for prerecorded curriculum-related tracks under the direction of a bass instructor/producer. As a final project, you compile a CD of their recorded performances to use as a demo of your playing abilities. One private recording session hour per week for one quarter.

Bass Studio Recording 2

Continuation of Bass Recording 1. One private recording session hour per week for one quarter.

MUSICIANSHIP

Harmony and Theory 1-4

Six credit units required (one and one-half per quarter). See General Requirements for course description.

Ear Training 1-6

Nine credit units required (one and one-half per quarter). See General Requirements for course description.

Electives:

20th Century Jazz Bass I

Blues Bass

R&B/Funk Bass

Classical Metal Basslines

Contemporary Metal Basslines

Jaco Pastorius Basslines

Walking Basslines

Bass and Drum Workshop

James Brown Rhythm Section

Afro-Cuban Bass

Brazilian Bass

Slap Bass

Odd Meter Basslines

Modern Rock Bass: Players 1

Advanced Bass RSW1

Advanced Bass RSW2

Pick Technique: Beatles Basslines

Motown Bass 1

Motown Bass 2

Contemporary Improvisation

Modal Improvisation

Upright Bass Workshop

Led Zeppelin Basslines

Associate of Arts students in instrument performance programs (Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard Technology, Vocals) may opt for a course of study which combines the performance program with a music industry program (Audio Engineering, Film, Guitar Craft, Music Business, Independent Artist).

Enrollment in such programs is dependent upon admission approval and space availability.

*Associate programs are vocational and do not include General Education requirements or specific preparation for study at the Baccalaureate level. 

The Certificate in Performance (Bass) is a four-quarter, 60 credit-unit curriculum that lays a foundation in contemporary electric bass playing skills, musical knowledge and performing experience the helps you unlock your unique style of playing and puts you on the path toward your professional and creative goals. The program uses a proven system of intensive technical training and applied performance taught by a world-class staff of professional bassists that equips you to handle any style from funk to rock, jazz, R&B and more.

General Requirements:

Degree requirements vary by instrument and include some or all of the following courses. See each emphasis for details on specific requirements.

Check out the catalog for descriptions that include course number, title, number of credit units per quarter (multiply by number of required quarters for total credit amount), and prerequisites (where applicable), description of content and contact hours per week.

Major Area (All Instruments)

Private Lesson

Weekly instrument lesson with an instructor who guides you in developing technique, musicianship and style in support of core curricular goals. You and the instructor will custom-design a lesson plan specific to your needs, strengths and experience. One private lesson hour per week per quarter.

Live Performance Workshops 1-4

You perform regularly throughout the program in a variety of styles and settings. Minimum requirement of ten performances per quarter. One ensemble hour per week per quarter.

Blues

Classic Rock

Country Rock

Modern Rock

Hard Rock

Metal

Classic R&B

Punk

Contemporary R&B

Hip-Hop

Fusion

Funk

Reggae

Latin

Billboard Hot 100

*LPW offerings vary by quarter; check current course schedule for availability

MUSICIANSHIP (Requirements vary by instrument)

Harmony and Theory 1

An introduction to harmony and theory as it applies to popular music. Includes the development of fundamental music notation skills for pitch and rhythm, major scales and key signatures, intervals and triads, and major scale harmonies. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Harmony and Theory 2

A continuation of the study of musical notation and diatonic structures, including rhythmic values, time signatures, natural minor scales and key signatures, harmonized minor scales diatonic seventh chords and key centers. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Harmony and Theory 3

Variations on diatonic structures. Topics include pentatonic scales and blues, inverted, extended and non-standard chord types, chord symbols and modes. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Harmony and Theory 4

Non-diatonic melody and harmony. Topics include variations in minor-key harmony and melody, modal interchange, secondary dominants, diatonic substitution and modulation. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Harmony and Theory 5

A study of advanced concepts in harmony, including altered scales and chords, symmetrical scales and chromatic harmony. Students learn to analyze scale/chord relationships and understand non-diatonic progressions from the perspective of both the player and writer. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 1

An introduction to Ear Training as it applies to popular music. Areas of focus include matching pitch, major scale melodies and melodic intervals in the context of examples drawn from contemporary popular music. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 2

Topics include meter and rhythm, eighth-note phrases, sight-singing, transcribing melody and rhythm on the staff, harmonic intervals, triad qualities and diatonic major chord progressions. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 3

Concentrates on the recognition and transcription of diatonic minor-key melodies and chord progressions. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 4

Sixteenth-note rhythmic phrases plus variations in minor-key melody and harmony. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 5

Recognition and transcription of non-diatonic melody and harmony, rhythmic figures based on triplets, and compound time signatures. Concepts are related directly to their application in contemporary popular music. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ear Training 6

Applied transcription skills, including chart notation, rhythm charts, lead sheets. Concepts are related directly to their application in contemporary popular music. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Major Area

Private Lesson

Twelve credit units required (two per quarter). See General Requirements for course descriptions.

Live Performance Workshops 1-4

Six credit units required (one per quarter). See “General Requirements” for course descriptions.

Playing Techniques 1

Covers techniques for finger style bass playing including correct posture, hand positioning, finger independence, picking and muting. All techniques are trained through extensive exercises. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Playing Techniques 2

Covers techniques for slap-style bass playing including thumb/pluck technique, muting, articulation and rhythmic variations and embellishment. All techniques are trained through extensive exercises. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Playing Techniques 3

Class applies the techniques developed in Playing Techniques 1-2 to fundamental styles and grooves including straight eighth-note rock, straight and swing sixteenth-note funk, standard shuffles and 4/4-meter swing. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Playing Techniques 4

A continuation of Playing Techniques 3 with concentration on styles and grooves including 3/4 rock, 3/4 swing, odd-meter grooves, standard Brazilian grooves, sixteenth-note funk and standard Afro-Cuban grooves. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Playing Techniques 5

Continued application of finger and slap-style bass techniques to a variety of contemporary grooves, including Afro-Cuban, jazz ballad, 4/4 swing, blues, cut-time Latin and funk. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Playing Techniques 6

Continued application of finger and slap-style electronic bass techniques to a variety of contemporary grooves, including Afro-Cuban, jazz ballad, 4/4 swing, blues, cut-time Latin, and funk. One lecture hour and one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Fretboard Basics 1

Trains you to break the diatonic scale into smaller components (modal patterns, intervals and triads) and directly relate this information to the electric bass fretboard. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Fretboard Basics 2

Trains you to break the harmonized major, minor, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales into their fundamental components, including triads and diatonic seventh chords and directly relate this information to the electric bass fretboard. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Fretboard Basics 3

The curriculum id designed to develop an electric bass player’s knowledge of arpeggios. Major triads, minor triads, major seventh, dominant seventh, minor seventh, and minor seventh-flat five chords will all be discussed. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Fretboard Basics 4

Expands fingerings taught in Fretboard Basics 3 to cover chromatic harmony. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Fretboard improvisation 1

Concentrates on the study of modes and modal playing, major II-V-I’s and building a melodic vocabulary through the analysis of solos of Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and Cannonball Adderly. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Fretboard Improvisation 2

A continuation of Fretboard Improvisation 1 including a concentrated study of minor tonality, soloing over static dominant chords and continued development of melodic vocabulary through the analysis of solos. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 1

Introduces the novice reader to the basic elements of music reading in bass clef including rhythmic subdivisions, pitch identification, position playing on all four strings and scale forms. You perform in solo and ensemble settings. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 2

A continuation of Reading 1. Introduces you to more advanced elements of music reading including triplet subdivisions, flat-key pitch identification, ties, dynamic markings, chord symbols and basic chart reading. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 3

Class covers advanced levels of chart reading through the extensive use of detailed transcriptions in a wide range of styles including rock, funk, pop and contemporary instrumental. Concentration is on rhythmic accuracy, pitch recognition and song form. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 4

You will continue to work on scales and etudes to advance note reading skills. A variety of charts in different styles will also be introduced to further the students chart reading skills. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Reading 5

Students will work on advanced reading skills, including reading upper register bass lines and treble clef while playing a series of duets for the bass. Listening skills will also be improved by interacting with the other bass player while playing the duets. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Ready 6

You will continue to study bass duets to further note reading and listening skills. You will also be given advanced charts in a variety of musical styles to improve chart-reading skills. One lecture hour plus one lab hour per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 1

An introduction to ensemble performance that focuses on listening and dynamics, awareness of song form, basic chart reading as well as practical performing techniques such as giving and following cues, instrument setup, sound, and stage presence. You perform each week and develop fundamental technical approaches to a variety of popular styles while gaining live experience. Two lecture-ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 2

A continuation of Rhythm Section Workshop 1 with a concentration on learning practical performing techniques in a variety of grooves and styles including shuffles, sixteenth-note grooves, ballads and walking bass lines. Two lecture-ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 3

Emphasizes the fundamental rhythm section textures of various popular styles and the skills necessary for playing them. Concentration on handling variations in typical song form, improving chart-reading skills, and taking a leadership role within the group. Two lecture-ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Rhythm Section Workshop 4

A continuation of Rhythm Section Workshop 3 with concentration on performing ballads, half-time-feel grooves, double-time-feel grooves, bass intros and changing meters. Two lecture-ensemble hours per week for one quarter.

Bass Studio Recording 1

Focuses on the development of the bassist as a studio musician in the digital recording environment. You create, perform and record bass lines for prerecorded curriculum-related tracks under the direction of a bass instructor/producer. As a final project, you compile a CD of your recorded performances to use as a demo of your playing abilities. One private recording session hour per week for one quarter.

Bass Studio Recording 2

Continuation of Bass Recording 1. One private recording session hour per week for one quarter.

Musicianship

Harmony and Theory 1-4

Six credit units required (one and one-half per quarter). See General Requirements for course description.

Ear Training 1-6

Nine credit units required (one and one-half per quarter). See General Requirements for course description.

Electives

20th Century Jazz Bass 1

Blues Bass

R&B/Funk Bass

Classic Metal Basslines

Contemporary Metal Basslines

Jaco Pastorius Basslines

Walking Basslines

Bass and Drum Workshop

James Brown Rhythm Section

Afro-Cuban Bass

Brazilian Bass

Slap Bass

Odd Meter Basslines

Modern Rock Bass: Players 1

Advanced Bass RSW 1

Advanced Bass RSW2

Pick Technique: Beatles Basslines

Motown Bass 1

Motown Bass 2

Contemporary Improvisation

Modal Improvisation

Upright Bass Workshop

Led Zeppelin Basslines

MI Select

The MI Select Program (Non-Certificate Training in Music Performance) is designed to allow you to create a full-time, ten-week program by choosing from available lessons, classes, performance workshops and other activities. Enrollment is available at the beginning of any quarter and may be repeated for additional quarters.

The MI Select Program Includes:

Schedule

After an initial evaluation, the MI Select Coordinator will provide you with a list of available courses attuned to your level of knowledge and skill. From that list, you create a class schedule equal to a full-time credit load of fifteen units.

NOTE: Course offerings vary by quarter so some courses and programs are not available for MI Select enrollment. Please confirm the availability of specific courses with the MI Select Coordinator prior to enrollment.

Private Lessons

Every instrument MI Select session includes weekly, one-hour private lessons on your primary instrument. You and the instructor jointly develop a lesson plan based on your particular interests and the instructor provides general guidance throughout the program.

NOTE: Requests for private lessons with a specific instructor are subject to instructor availability.

Access

MI Select enrollment includes 24-hour access to MI’s facilities for practice and rehearsal, access to extra-curricular activities and the library, and admission to clinics and seminars offered during your period of enrollment.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

• Financial Aid – MI Select is not eligible for State or Federal financial aid.

• January and July enrollments – Most Core classes available to you in performance programs during these quarters are at intermediate-to-advanced levels. January or July enrollment is not advised if you are a beginning-level MI Select student.

• Materials – You are entitled to receive curriculum and other materials applicable to courses included in your official course schedule only.

• Fees – You are responsible for all applicable fees; see “Tuition and Fees” for specific information.

• Course Credit – Courses taken during an MI Select session do not earn course credit. Attendance or completion of any course does not guarantee subsequent advanced placement in a Certificate or Degree program.

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