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Summer 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

Bass: Classical, Orchestral, and Solo Playing

Date

June 5-July 28, 2023

Course Code

7023

Credits

3 Graduate Credits*

Tuition

$1,080 is due in full with registration* A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied to course 7023 only until April 14.

Overview

This course focuses primarily on arco playing, and covers fingerings in lower and upper positions, vibrato, intonation, tone, and various bow strokes. By the end of the course, students can expect to be able to play and teach some solo repertoire and orchestral excerpts as students will encounter in their auditions.

This course is the next progressive step for double bass players who completed Intro to Upright & Electric Bass or its equivalent. Knowledge of string instruments other than bass may be adequate. If you are unsure, please send a short video of yourself playing something to [email protected].

*Students enrolled in the MMEd degree program at VanderCook may register for this course at the 500-level through the student portal. Please contact Dean Sinclair at [email protected] if academic advising is needed.

Requirements

Chat Session

This course is asynchronous.

Prerequisites

Upright & Electric Bass for the Non-Bassist or equivalent (please contact the instructor with any questions.)

Required Text(s)

None.

Learning Platform Information - Online Courses Only

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at www.schoology.com

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

Instructor

doug bistrow

Doug Bistrow

String Bass
Doug Bistrow has given over 150 concerts per year, and performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, the Silk Road Ensemble, Edgar Meyer, Howard Levy, The Metropolitan Jazz Octet, Time For Three, Johnny Osborne, Ky-Mani Marley, Corey Chisel, Keith & Tex, and many others. Bistrow is a member of the Chicago Philharmonic, the Metropolis Symphony, and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. He is on the faculty at VanderCook College of Music and the Merit School of Music, where he teaches double bass, jazz studies, music history, and music theory. He also owns and operates Audio Bistro Recording Studio in Chicago’s Logan Square.

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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