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Spring 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

Solutions for the Jazz/Pep Band Guitarist

Date

February 13-May 5, 2023

Course Code

7493

Credits

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition

$1,065 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until January 6.

Overview

Guitar solo coming up?  Guitarists not sure how to handle that chord symbol?  Problems with funk and rock strumming problems? This course will help you help them!  Learn to play through these issues yourself so you can help your guitar players reach their potential and contribute to the ensemble.  Students will record and submit videos of themselves performing various exercises and songs, designed to unlock the common problems facing jazz and pep band guitarists.

Requirements

Chat Session

Google Meet sessions will take place on the first Wednesday evening of the course and again near the mid-point of the course.

Prerequisites

It is highly recommended that students have taken Guitar for the Educator Level I before taking this course. If not, they must be aware that this course assumes proficiency in multiple barred chord shapes, reading standard notation in multiple positions, reading chord diagrams and scale diagrams.

Required Text(s)

No required text, all materials will be provided.

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.

Soon after you register, 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

Matt Hudson

Matt Hudson

Matt Hudson (MMEd ‘10) is a jazz guitarist from Erie, PA, currently teaching guitar and band at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Hudson began his formal music studies at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. He won the Mellon Bank Jazz Scholarship, which gave him the chance to study with saxophonist Nathan Davis and world-renowned guitarist Joe Negri. Hudson has a voracious appetite for jazz improvisation and studied many eras of the form with a particular emphasis on blues and bebop. He became a regular fixture at jam sessions in Pittsburgh and by the time he graduated in 2003, he was performing in many top venues with artists such as Gene Stovall, Reggie Watkins, The Marvelettes, Jay Willis and Curtis Fuller. By the end of that year, Hudson decided to settle in Chicago to pursue creative opportunities that blended r&b, hip hop, jazz and rock. This began a fertile period for Hudson marked by collaborations with William Kurk Enterprise, Siji, Aaron Getsug, Scott Hessy and Karl E.H. Siegfried. In 2006, Hudson met producer and DJ Anthony Nicholson and his son Quincy Nicholson. This began his affiliation with the jazz recording group Scientific Map. Over the course of five years, this group recorded and toured in support of releases for the Imaginary Chicago Records label.

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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