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Christopher Kachian

Professor of Music, Program Advisor for Guitar Studies, Guitar Small Ensemble
Office
Loras Hall 206A
Phone
(651) 962-5858
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5858
Mail
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., BEC 9
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 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GMUS 591 - 01 Perf Study: Guitar 30' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40180 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Kachian

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSC 115 - 03 Understanding Music&Culture - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40429 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSC 162 - W01 Roots of Blues, Rock, Country M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 BEC 110

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

40653 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Kachian

This course traces the development of American popular music from its roots through multiple genres such as minstrelsy, jazz, big band, swing, crooning, jump blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, country, western, folk/protest, and rock 'n' roll, concluding with the British Invasion. Popular music development is critically examined through four interrelated driving forces: identity (ethnicity, gender, culture, generation), centers vs. peripheries (the established vs. the innovative ), technology (impact on musical performance and listening), and business/law (commercial competition and development). Multimedia presentations include extensive audio and video support. Designed for the Popular Music minor, this course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSC 216 - 01 Jazz in America - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 110

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

40238 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Kachian

The origins and history of jazz in the United States. Various phases in the development of jazz style are discussed. Blues, ragtime, Dixieland, swing, bop, cool jazz, fusion, as well as other recent developments in jazz performances are investigated. An essential part of the course is the analysis and evaluation of recorded performances by outstanding jazz musicians. Designed for non-majors as well as an elective for music majors interested in jazz. Offered fall semester. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSN 174 - 01 Guitar Small Ensemble - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42583 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 158 - 01 Perf Study: Guitar 30' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40267 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 158 - 02 Perf Study: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40550 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 258 - 01 Applied BA: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40536 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 358 - 01 Applied BM: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40577 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HONR 480 - 01 HONORS Internat'l Film & Music - T - R - - - 1400 - 1700 BEC 110

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1400 - 1700

Location:

BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

10260 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Kachian, James T. Snapko

These interdisciplinary seminars are intended to develop integrating insights through an analysis of topics chosen from different disciplines. Often they are taught by two faculty members or by a visiting lecturer who holds one of the endowed chairs at the university.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSC 115 - 01 Understanding Music & Culture - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

10036 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSC 170 - 01 The Music of Film - T W R F - - 1000 - 1300 BEC 110

Days of Week:

- T W R F - -

Time of Day:

1000 - 1300

Location:

BEC 110

Course Registration Number:

10085 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MUSC 115 - 01 Understanding Music & Culture - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

20160 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSN 174 - 01 Guitar Small Ensemble - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

20175 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 158 - 01 Perf Study: Guitar 30' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

20202 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 158 - 02 Perf Study: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

20459 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 161 - 01 Perf Study: Harmonica 30' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

21066 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 161 - 02 Perf Study: Harmonica 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

21067 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 187 - 01 Perf Study: Electric Guitar 30 - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

21796 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Kachian

Students will study basic to advanced plectrum and fingerstyle techniques as they apply to the amplified guitar. Other topics will include fretboard theory, improvisation, ensemble performance practice and current technologies in amplification and MIDI applications. 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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 187 - 02 Perf Study: Electric Guitar 50 - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

21797 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Kachian

Students will study basic to advanced plectrum and fingerstyle techniques as they apply to the amplified guitar. Other topics will include fretboard theory, improvisation, ensemble performance practice and current technologies in amplification and MIDI applications. 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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 258 - 01 Applied BA: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

20436 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 358 - 01 Applied BM: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

21065 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)