Internationally celebrated artist-educator Richard Boukas shares his three decades of university teaching and cutting-edge musicianship training in two new exciting courses running ten weeks. Faculty at New School Jazz and Contemporary Music since 1989 and a recipient of the Distinguished University Teaching Award, Richard’s empirically proven methods will empower musicians to aspire to their highest potential by equipping them with essential skills that universally prepare for them for jazz and any other musical style.
Saturday, 10am-12pm (5 two-hour sessions)
This course is designed to develop our musical perception skills to function at the same level as our instrumental and vocal abilities, thereby achieving a more balanced, dynamic musicianship. Staple musical elements include: melodic and harmonic intervals, modes and scales, triad and seventh arpeggios and chords, chord progressions and core voice leading principles. Using comprehensive handouts with companion audio files, a strong emphasis is placed on the voice for mastering these elements. Basic sight singing skills are taught to develop vocal agility and more rapid assimilation of course materials.
Winter Trimester : 2019: January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16
Active listening and ear training– two essential skills that every musician wants but that we rarely make consistent time for. Richard Boukas’s ear training and transcription classes provided a fun, highly educational and motivating way to gain proficiency in these areas. Richard’s musical knowledge is both broad and deep, and he effortlessly and clearly conveys his subject matter as well as his enormous passion for music and for teaching. Hear more, play better. Highly recommended. -Emily Tabin
I enrolled in Richard’s back to back Ear Training and Transcription courses. Taken together, I developed a deeper connection between listening, transcribing, playing an instrument and singing. He emphasized that a musician needs a variety of developed skills and approaches to function and create in a real musical context. Richard’s highly organized and progressive lesson plans made Ear Training a fun and approachable discipline. Each well-balanced class had a clear mission- sharing practical methods for practicing and applying the material. I’m so grateful to have encountered his passion and knowledge. His courses improved my hearing, playing, vocal intonation, and enjoyment of music and life. -Aldo Ryzy-Ryzki