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Kachian, Christopher

Professor of Music, Program Advisor for Guitar Studies, Guitar Small Ensemble
Office
Loras Hall 206A
Phone
(651) 962-5858
Mail
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., BEC 5
St. Paul, MN 55105

Christopher Kachian, guitarist, has given over 500 performances in the UK, Ireland, Austria, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Russia, and Africa and throughout the USA and South America. Since 1986, he has performed with three German orchestras: Heidelberger Kammerorchester, Kammerensemble Cologne and Radio Symphonie Orchester des Hessischen Rundfunks. He has been heard on Minnesota Public Radio, National Public Radio, and American Public Radio (including several appearances on Prairie Home Companion). Dr. Kachian is the founder and Director of the UST Guitar Studies Area, and is a national leader in distance learning (technology- aided teaching) having developed several courses at the college level. He is also the editor of the guitar column for the journal of the Minnesota chapter of the American String Teacher's Association/National String Orchestra Association.

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
EDUC 308 - 02 Ind St: Ped/Lit - Music Perf I - - - - - - - -
CRN: 42346 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian This class will survey methods and materials for performance studies. Discussions will include principles of technique, learning theories, musicianship, and performance based upon a wide and diverse body of literature. Students should sign up for section numbers that correspond with primary area of performance.

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MUSC 115 - 03 Understanding Music&Culture - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40508 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian This survey course explores the classics of European and American music in their historical, cultural and social contexts. It will investigate the many ethnic, religious, political, philosophical, economic and scientific influences that have shaped these traditions. This course is designed to enable students, regardless of musical background, to increase their understanding of music. The listening skill and knowledge acquired will provide a foundation for students to become more critical and discerning listeners of music of all types. This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum. NOTE: Students who receive credit for MUSC 115 may not receive credit for MUSC 118 or 119.

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MUSN 174 - 01 Guitar Small Ensemble - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40259 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian The study and performance of all styles in popular and classical music for guitar and diverse instruments, including bass and drums.

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MUSP 158 - 01 Perf Study: Guitar 30' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40280 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students will study all styles of music including classical, blues, rock, folk and others on acoustic, nylon and electric guitars. Topics include all forms of notation (standard, tab, chord symbols, etc.), improvisation and performance practice. Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 158 - 02 Perf Study: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40679 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students will study all styles of music including classical, blues, rock, folk and others on acoustic, nylon and electric guitars. Topics include all forms of notation (standard, tab, chord symbols, etc.), improvisation and performance practice. Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 258 - 01 Applied BA: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40665 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 358 - 01 Applied BM: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40714 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MUSC 115 - 01 Understanding Music&Culture - - - - - - - -
CRN: 10057 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian This survey course explores the classics of European and American music in their historical, cultural and social contexts. It will investigate the many ethnic, religious, political, philosophical, economic and scientific influences that have shaped these traditions. This course is designed to enable students, regardless of musical background, to increase their understanding of music. The listening skill and knowledge acquired will provide a foundation for students to become more critical and discerning listeners of music of all types. This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum. NOTE: Students who receive credit for MUSC 115 may not receive credit for MUSC 118 or 119.

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MUSC 170 - 01 The Music of Film - T W R F - - 1000 - 1300 BEC 110
CRN: 10190 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Film is a form of communication that can be analyzed in terms of its images, as a historical record, and as a critical statement of the audience for which it is intended. Film music is a discreet yet complementary component used in some way and to some degree by nearly every filmmaker throughout history. Through readings, class discussion, and extensive directed viewing of movies, this course will provide a framework for analyzing the images and the sounds of films throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will prepare and deliver oral presentations analyzing the images and sounds of select films. This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MUSC 115 - 01 Understanding Music & Culture - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20220 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian This survey course explores the classics of European and American music in their historical, cultural and social contexts. It will investigate the many ethnic, religious, political, philosophical, economic and scientific influences that have shaped these traditions. This course is designed to enable students, regardless of musical background, to increase their understanding of music. The listening skill and knowledge acquired will provide a foundation for students to become more critical and discerning listeners of music of all types. This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum. NOTE: Students who receive credit for MUSC 115 may not receive credit for MUSC 118 or 119.

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Location Time Day(s)
MUSN 174 - 01 Guitar Small Ensemble - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20239 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian The study and performance of all styles in popular and classical music for guitar and diverse instruments, including bass and drums.

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MUSP 158 - 01 Perf Study: Guitar 30' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20270 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students will study all styles of music including classical, blues, rock, folk and others on acoustic, nylon and electric guitars. Topics include all forms of notation (standard, tab, chord symbols, etc.), improvisation and performance practice. Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 158 - 02 Perf Study: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20631 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students will study all styles of music including classical, blues, rock, folk and others on acoustic, nylon and electric guitars. Topics include all forms of notation (standard, tab, chord symbols, etc.), improvisation and performance practice. Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 160 - 01 Perf Study: Banjo 30' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22537 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students will study basic and advanced plectrum and fingerstyle techniques for the 4-string and 5-string banjos. Other topics will include stylistic propriety of appropriate genres, improvisation and other issues pertinent to the banjo. Repertoire will include all American popular music styles. Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 160 - 02 Perf Study: Banjo 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22538 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students will study basic and advanced plectrum and fingerstyle techniques for the 4-string and 5-string banjos. Other topics will include stylistic propriety of appropriate genres, improvisation and other issues pertinent to the banjo. Repertoire will include all American popular music styles. Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 161 - 01 Perf Study: Harmonica 30' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22456 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students will study basic to advanced techniques of the instrument including breathing technique, tonguing, cross-harp, chromatic, straight position, vibrato, and microphone placement. Additional topics will include: stylistic propriety of blues, rock, spiritual and folk, and improvisation. Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 161 - 02 Perf Study: Harmonica 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22457 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students will study basic to advanced techniques of the instrument including breathing technique, tonguing, cross-harp, chromatic, straight position, vibrato, and microphone placement. Additional topics will include: stylistic propriety of blues, rock, spiritual and folk, and improvisation. Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 258 - 01 Applied BA: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 20601 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 358 - 01 Applied BM: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22455 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Christopher S. Kachian Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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