Andrew Mcwain

Full Time Lecturer

Music

pianoBebop/Post-Bop Ensembles

508-910-6574

508-910-6587

amcwain@umassd.edu

College of Visual & Performing Arts 204C


Education

1996New England Conservatory of MusicMM
1993University of Massachusetts DartmouthBM

Teaching

  • Jazz Theory and Improvisation
  • Applied Jazz Piano
  • Jazz History
  • Senior Music Capstone
  • Intro to the Music Business

Teaching

Courses

A study of jazz based on listening and class discussion. The course is intended to increase awareness of the roots of jazz within the African-American community and of the cross-cultural fertilizations occurring throughout its recent history. Although academic and technical studies of jazz were established in the 50s, it is only within the past fifteen years that these studies have led to the recognition of jazz as a truly valued American art form.

Fundamentals of the music business. A survey of the modern music business including topics such as music as intellectual property, copyrights, licensing trends, songwriting, publishing, royalties (broadcast, mechanical, and print), record labels, distribution, and promotion/marketing.

Jazz theory and improvisation, including scales, chord structures, progression patterns, rhythmic fluency, form, and spontaneous creativity. Theoretical studies are put into practice through performance.

Jazz theory and improvisation, including scales, chord structures, progression patterns, rhythmic fluency, form, and spontaneous creativity. Theoretical studies are put into practice through performance.

Under supervision of the appropriate applied faculty member and major advisor. The first semester and part of the second are to be spent in preparation for a capstone project which may take the form of a recital or formal presentation of the culminating work of the undergraduate experience. Course previously named Senior Recital l and ll.

Under supervision of the appropriate applied faculty member and major advisor. The first semester and part of the second are to be spent in preparation for a capstone project which may take the form of a recital or formal presentation of the culminating work of the undergraduate experience. Course previously named Senior Recital l and ll.

Under supervision of the appropriate applied faculty member and major advisor. The first semester and part of the second are to be spent in preparation for a capstone project which may take the form of a recital or formal presentation of the culminating work of the undergraduate experience. Course previously named Senior Recital l and ll.

Under supervision of the appropriate applied faculty member and major advisor. The first semester and part of the second are to be spent in preparation for a capstone project which may take the form of a recital or formal presentation of the culminating work of the undergraduate experience. Course previously named Senior Recital l and ll.

Research

Research Interests

  • Music Composition
  • Improvisation
  • Jazz harmony
  • Creative entrepreneurship

Biography

Andy McWain, a composer and improvising pianist, was born in Boston. His music performances and compositions have been presented in China, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and throughout the United States. He has received honors and awards from the American Composers Forum, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Music Center, and Meet the Composer/New England. He was the winner of the Sotireos Vlahopoulos Composition Award given by the Washington Conservatory (DC), and has been awarded a Yaddo Fellowship, a Wellesley Composers Conference Fellowship, and Residency Fellowships to the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Akiyoshidai International Art Village. As an active jazz pianist and improviser, he has played and recorded with a wide array of musicians across various musical styles and has released a number of jazz and improvised music sessions on his indie co-op recording label Fuller Street Music. Mr. McWain is currently a Full-time Lecturer in Music at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he teaches jazz theory, improvisation, applied jazz piano, and senior music capstone.

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