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Class Instruction for Performance (PERB) Classes

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. This listing is not considered authoritative. Please visit Access.SMU for authoritative course offerings including meeting times, professor, and more.

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PERB 1001 (0). DEPARTMENTAL PERFORMANCE CLASS.
Departmental recitals, performance classes, master classes, guest artist performances, and lectures related to performance specialization. Students enroll concurrently with studies in applied music.

PERB 1011 (0.5). SIGHT READING FOR PIANISTS I.
A requirement for premusic majors in piano performance. Students explore techniques to improve their ability to read music at any level through supervised practicing and reading of various piano literature.

PERB 1012 (0.5). SIGHT READING FOR PIANISTS II.
A requirement for premusic majors in piano performance. Emphasis is given to reading skills that are particularly useful in collaborative playing, including exposure to various types of scores and score preparation. Prerequisite: PERB 1011.

PERB 1103 (1). THERAPEUTIC ACOUSTIC GUITAR I.
Beginning steel-string acoustic guitar skills, with emphasis on flat-picking and finger-picking chords, strums, and additional left- and right-hand techniques for accompanying folk, popular, and original songs in music therapy, music education, and recreational music settings.

PERB 1104 (1). THERAPEUTIC ACOUSTIC GUITAR II.
Intermediate steel-string acoustic guitar skills, with emphasis on enhanced flat-picking and finger-picking chords, strums, and additional left- and right-hand techniques for accompanying folk, popular, and original songs in music therapy, music education, and recreational music settings.

PERB 1131 (1). CLASS PIANO I.
Emphasis on sight reading, technique, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, and appropriate literature. Corequisites: MUTH 1129, 1229. Reserved for music majors (except keyboard majors) or minors.

PERB 1132 (1). CLASS PIANO II.
Emphasis on sight reading, technique, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, and appropriate literature. Corequisites: MUTH 1130, 1230. Prerequisite: PERB 1131. Reserved for music majors (except keyboard majors) or minors.

PERB 1203 (2). CLASS GUITAR.
Basics of reading music; technique; simple chord progressions as applied to popular music; performance of simple classic guitar pieces.

PERB 1204 (2). MODERN ACOUSTIC GUITAR.
Beginning class steel-string acoustic guitar skills with emphasis on flat-picking and finger-picking chords, strums, and additional left and right hand techniques for accompanying folk and popular songs in music therapy, music education, and recreational music settings.

PERB 1205 (2). BEGINNING CLASS PIANO.
Designed for students with no previous piano study. Emphasis placed on the development of basic music reading and functional keyboard skills. Not open to music majors.

PERB 1206 (2). CLASS VOICE.
A course in basic singing techniques and interpretive skills, suitable for both beginning singers and for students with singing experience but little formal training.

PERB 1233 (2). ADVANCED CLASS PIANO I.
(fall term of odd-numbered years) Emphasis on sight reading, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, and technique. Reserved for keyboard majors or music majors with advanced keyboard skills.

PERB 1234 (2). ADVANCED CLASS PIANO II.
(spring term of even-numbered years) Emphasis on sight reading, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, and technique. Prerequisite: PERB 1233. Reserved for keyboard majors or music majors with advanced keyboard skills.

PERB 2017 (0). MEADOWS OPERA WORKSHOP.
Exploration of operatic and musical theatre styles, basic acting technique, dramatic analysis, storytelling skills, character development, monologue study, stagecraft skills, repertoire preparation and research, and scene study. Open to all undergraduates whose primary instrument is voice. Must be taken in sequence for two terms beginning with the fall term.

PERB 2106 (1). DICTION: ITALIAN.
Principles of pronunciation and enunciation for singing in Italian. Phonetic practice and practical application to the performance of art songs and arias.

PERB 2107 (1). DICTION: GERMAN.
Principles of pronunciation/enunciation for singing in German. Phonetic practice and practical application to the performance of art songs and arias.

PERB 2108 (1). DICTION: ENGLISH.
Principles of pronunciation and enunciation for singing in English. Phonetic practice and practical application to the performance of art songs and arias.

PERB 2109 (1). DICTION: FRENCH.
Principles of pronunciation and enunciation for singing in French. Phonetic practice and practical application to the performance of art songs and arias.

PERB 2113 (1). HAND DRUMMING AND ETHNIC PERCUSSION I.
Development of fundamental hand drumming and other percussion skills through listening, analysis, and performance of African, Latin American, and Asian rhythms.

PERB 2114 (1). HAND DRUMMING AND ETHNIC PERCUSSION II.
Further development of hand drumming and other percussion skills through listening, analysis and performance of nonWestern rhythms. Prerequisite: PERB 2113 or consent of instructor.

PERB 2115 (1). ELEMENTARY KEYBOARD IMPROVISATION.
Introduces the fundamentals of improvisation for the novice pianist. Expands the student’s knowledge ofbasic music theory, employing it in a wide variety of styles. Open to music and nonmusic majors. Prerequisites: Late beginner or intermediate piano skills, a basic knowledge of scales, and instructor consent.

PERB 2117 (1). MEADOWS OPERA WORKSHOP.
Exploration of operatic and musical theatre styles, basic acting technique, dramatic analysis, storytelling skills, character development, monologue study, stagecraft skills, repertoire preparation and research, and scene study. Open to all undergraduates whose primary instrument is voice. Must be taken in sequence for two terms beginning with the fall term.

PERB 2131 (1). CLASS PIANO III.
Emphasis on sight reading, technique, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, and appropriate literature. Corequisites: MUTH 2129, 2229. Prerequisite: PERB 1132. Reserved for music majors (except keyboard majors) or minors.

PERB 2132 (1). CLASS PIANO IV.
Emphasis on sight reading, technique, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, and appropriate literature. Corequisites: MUTH 2130, 2230. Prerequisite: PERB 2131. Reserved for music majors (except keyboard majors) or minors.

PERB 2203 (2). CLASS GUITAR.
Continued development of technical skills and performance repertoire. Prerequisite: PERB 1203 or equivalent proficiencies.

PERB 2205 (2). CLASS PIANO.
Continued development of fundamental keyboard skills. Emphasis on sight reading, harmonization, transposition, improvisation, technique, and repertoire study. Prerequisite: PERB 1205 or equivalent. Audition for placement required. Not open to music majors.

PERB 2206 (2). CLASS VOICE.
A course in singing techniques and interpretive skills, suitable for students with some singing experience but little formal training. Prerequisite: PERB 1206.

PERB 2313 (3). WORLD RHYTHMS: ETHNIC PERCUSSION AND CULTURAL IMMERSION.
Introduces rhythms and instruments of world music through total immersion in a specific world culture. Students learn hand drumming and ethnic percussion techniques and the cultural context of the music. (SMU Abroad)

PERB 3205 (2). INTERMEDIATE CLASS PIANO.
Continued development of individual repertoire study in a variety of musical styles, with supporting work in sight reading, harmonization, pop chord symbols, technique, and improvisation. Prerequisite: PERB 2205 or equivalent. Audition for placement required. Not open to music majors.

PERB 3306 (3). CLASS VOICE MUSICAL THEATRE I.
Introduces the dancer and actor to proper singing technique for musical theatre, with emphasis on the repertoire of musical theatre. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; musical theatre minor or major or minor in dance, music, or theatre. Students minoring in musical theatre have priority to enroll in the class.

PERB 3307 (3). CLASS VOICE MUSICAL THEATRE II.
Advanced development of proper musical theatre singing technique for dancers and actors. Students also gain a broader knowledge of repertoire for the musical theatre. Prerequisite:PERB 3306 or instructor consent.

PERB 5006 (0). SINGERS’ DICTION REVIEW.
A review course required of all students not passing an entrance assessment for proficiency in the pronunciation of Italian, French, and German.

PERB 5011 (0). DIRECTED STUDIES IN PERFORMANCE.
Directed studies or approved internships in performance or pedagogy. Students are required to accept internships in performance or private teaching, subject to availability and/or scheduling conflicts with other SMU courses. Internships may begin prior to the beginning of the term.

PERB 5022 (0). MUSIC THEATRE ACTING AND PERFORMANCE.
Fundamentals of acting in musical theatre: script analysis, blocking, character development, and scene study. Introduces musical theatre movement and audition techniques. Culminates with a series of performed musical scenes. Prerequisite: By audition.

PERB 5101 (1). DIRECTED STUDIES IN VOICE.
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

PERB 5107 (1). KEYBOARD SKILLS FOR CONDUCTORS I.
Keyboard competencies for conductors, including basic technical patterns, harmonization, and relevant score reading. Review course for the M.S.M. and the M.M. in conducting keyboard proficiency requirement.

PERB 5108 (1). KEYBOARD SKILLS FOR CONDUCTORS II.
Advanced keyboard competencies for conductors, including basic technical patterns, harmonization, and relevant score reading. Review course for the M.S.M. and the M.M. in conducting keyboard proficiency requirement.

PERB 5111 (1). DIRECTED STUDIES IN PERFORMANCE.
Directed studies or approved internships in performance or pedagogy. Students are required to accept internships in performance or private teaching, subject to availability and/or scheduling conflicts with other SMU courses. Internships may begin prior to the beginning of the term.

PERB 5118 (1). INTRODUCTION TO THE HARPSICHORD.
(spring term of odd-numbered years) Presents a variety of topics related to the harpsichord and its music. Provides keyboard musicians, especially pianists, with knowledge and practical experience at the harpsichord to enable them to face future contacts with the instrument in a more informed, confident, and artistic manner.

PERB 5122 (1). MUSIC THEATRE ACTING AND PERFORMANCE.
Fundamentals of acting in musical theatre: script analysis, blocking, character development, and scene study. Introduces musical theatre movement and audition techniques. Culminates with a series of performed musical scenes. Prerequisite: By audition.

PERB 5201 (2). DIRECTED STUDIES IN VOICE.
A close collaboration between a faculty member and an advanced student who conducts a rigorous project that goes beyond the experience available in current course offerings. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

PERB 5208 (2). ADVANCED ACTING FOR VOICE MAJORS.
Acting and performance tools, character development, monologue study, and repertoire preparation and research. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in VOIC and consent of instructor.

PERB 5211 (2). DIRECTED STUDIES IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE.
Directed studies or approved internships in performance or pedagogy. Students are required to accept internships in performance or private teaching, subject to availability and/or scheduling conflicts with other SMU courses. Internships may begin prior to the beginning of the term.

PERB 5213 (2). STUDIES CONTINUO PLAYING.
(fall term of even-numbered years) Designed for the harpsichord major, to fill the need for a well-developed skill in playing Baroque through bass accompaniments from an unrealized figured bass and/or from an unfigured bass with style performance suitable to the period.

PERB 5215 (2). INTRODUCTION TO JAZZ THEORY AND IMPROVISATION.
Introduces jazz improvisation through applied theory. Students gain theoretical and practical experience in jazz improvisation using common jazz chord progressions and chord and scale relationships. Includes the study of jazz recordings to explore and understand the links among chords, scales, and melodies. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Music major or minor, or instructor consent.

PERB 5310 (3). MUSIC THEATRE WORKSHOP.
Preparation and performance of musical theatre as an American art form. Prerequisite: By audition.

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