“Boudreau is superb; he has an outrageously compelling technique.” —Marlbank
Jazz and Popular Music
Master of Music, Jazz Piano Performance – New England Conservatory
Bachelor of Music, Jazz Piano Performance – McGill University
Associate of the Royal Conservatory Diploma
- 3 CRS.3 HRS.MUS 104 (The World of Jazz)
- This introductory survey explores the musical and social histories of jazz from its American origins to its global present. Its focus encompasses jazz's development in the United States, its impact around the world, and the contributions of musicians who have shaped its creative and cultural significance. Requiring no prior knowledge of music, students will develop the analytical listening skills required to identify both the music's defining stylistic features and its leading figures. In addition to the music itself this course will examine the meanings jazz has acquired in its diverse geographical, social and historical contexts. Credit will be granted for MUS109 or MUS104 but not both.
- This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of music production and skills needed in a home-studio environment. Students will learn how to set up a basic home recording studio, utilize Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), program beats, create songs using software synthesizers and loops and record vocals, instruments and sounds with microphones.
- 3 CRS.3 HRS.MUS 109 (Bebop to Hip-Hop)
- MUS109 explores the music of Bebop and Hip-Hop, their social relevance, global influence and popularity, along with societal interpretation and criticism. From Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker to Mos Def, Tupac and Jay-Z and beyond, MUS109 demonstrates that while each of these genres of music is distinct, possessing its own conventions, performance practices, and formal qualities, they are also grounded in similar techniques and conceptual frameworks identified with African American musical traditions. Credit will be granted for only MUS109, or 122, or MUS104.
- 3 CRS.3 HRS.MUS 105 (Exploring Music)
- This course will introduce beginning keyboard skills, reading and writing music in western musical notation, lead sheet symbols, basic music theory, and simple musical composition. Elements of rhythm and rhythmic notation will be approached through popular musical examples.
Research and Projects
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
- Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition (Prizewinner)
- Astral Artist Prize