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Griffith, Joan

Guitar Ensemble, Double Bass and Guitar
Office
Brady Educational Center, LL05A
Phone
(651) 962-5850
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5850
Mail
University of St. Thomas
Department of Music, BEC 05
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Joan Griffith is known in the Midwest as a teacher, performer and composer. She has toured and recorded extensively  as a classical and jazz guitarist, a bassist and a mandolinist. The 2011 CD “A Girl Named Vincent” with Prudence Johnson, the 2008 jazz CD, “Sambanova” with pianist Laura Caviani, her 2009 CD “Alma Brasileira” with recorder player Clea Galhano  and CD “Enter You, Enter Love,” with Lucia Newell feature many of her own compositions. Enter You, Enter Love” was chosen as one of the top ten best recordings for 1996 by jazz radio station KBEM. Her choral composition “Sweet Noel” won the 1998 Christmas Carol Contest sponsored by the American Composer’s Forum and Vocalessence. Her performances on mandolin include the Minnesota Orchestra‘s  recording of Mahler’s Das Lied  von der Erde and as soloist with the South Dakota Symphony on their premiere recording “Journey to the Badlands”. Her mandolin and bass playing can be heard on the many recording of singer/songwriter Ann Reed. She is teaches jazz improvisation, guitar, bass and mandolin at the University of St. Thomas  and Macalester College. She is also a roster artist in jazz for COMPAS, the Minnesota State Arts Board and Young Audiences.

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MUSN 173 - 01 Guitar Ensemble - T - R - - - 1535 - 1700 BEC LL03

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1535 - 1700

Location:

BEC LL03

Course Registration Number:

40186 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

Study, performance and recording of music for multiple guitars and bass from Renaissance through twentieth-century composers including American jazz and rock styles. Repertoire includes original works, transcriptions, and arrangements. Opportunities provided for students to learn improvisation, composition, and arrangement. Four semesters of participation fulfill the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSN 173 - 02 Guitar Ensemble - T - R - - - 1535 - 1700 BEC LL03

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1535 - 1700

Location:

BEC LL03

Course Registration Number:

43214 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

Study, performance and recording of music for multiple guitars and bass from Renaissance through twentieth-century composers including American jazz and rock styles. Repertoire includes original works, transcriptions, and arrangements. Opportunities provided for students to learn improvisation, composition, and arrangement. Four semesters of participation fulfill the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSN 173 - 03 Guitar Ensemble - T - R - - - 1535 - 1700 BEC LL03

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1535 - 1700

Location:

BEC LL03

Course Registration Number:

43585 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

Study, performance and recording of music for multiple guitars and bass from Renaissance through twentieth-century composers including American jazz and rock styles. Repertoire includes original works, transcriptions, and arrangements. Opportunities provided for students to learn improvisation, composition, and arrangement. Four semesters of participation fulfill the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSN 174 - 03 Guitar Small Ensemble - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43803 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

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 - 08 Elective: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43678 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

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. https://stthomas.edu/music/lessons/

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 258 - 02 Applied BA: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

41263 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

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. https://stthomas.edu/music/lessons/

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MUSN 173 - 01 Guitar Ensemble - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC LL03

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC LL03

Course Registration Number:

20163 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

Study, performance and recording of music for multiple guitars and bass from Renaissance through twentieth-century composers including American jazz and rock styles. Repertoire includes original works, transcriptions, and arrangements. Opportunities provided for students to learn improvisation, composition, and arrangement. Four semesters of participation fulfill the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSN 173 - 02 Guitar Ensemble - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC LL03

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

BEC LL03

Course Registration Number:

22351 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

Study, performance and recording of music for multiple guitars and bass from Renaissance through twentieth-century composers including American jazz and rock styles. Repertoire includes original works, transcriptions, and arrangements. Opportunities provided for students to learn improvisation, composition, and arrangement. Four semesters of participation fulfill the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSN 173 - 03 Guitar Ensemble - T - R - - - 1535 - 1700 BEC LL03

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1535 - 1700

Location:

BEC LL03

Course Registration Number:

22960 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

Study, performance and recording of music for multiple guitars and bass from Renaissance through twentieth-century composers including American jazz and rock styles. Repertoire includes original works, transcriptions, and arrangements. Opportunities provided for students to learn improvisation, composition, and arrangement. Four semesters of participation fulfill the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSN 174 - 03 Guitar Small Ensemble - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22962 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

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)
MUSN 174 - 04 Guitar Small Ensemble - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22963 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

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 - 03 Elective: Guitar 30' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

20970 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

.5 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

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. https://stthomas.edu/music/lessons/

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 158 - 04 Elective: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

20971 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

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. https://stthomas.edu/music/lessons/

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 158 - 10 Elective: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22861 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

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. https://stthomas.edu/music/lessons/

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 158 - 9 Elective: Guitar 30' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22860 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

.5 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

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. https://stthomas.edu/music/lessons/

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 258 - 02 Applied BA: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

20412 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

Major-level private performance studies lessons for all music majors except BM Performance. Please click here for the registration form. Once complete, the Music Department will register for you on Murphy.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 258 - 05 Applied BA: Guitar 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22901 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Joan E. Griffith

Major-level private performance studies lessons for all music majors except BM Performance. Please click here for the registration form. Once complete, the Music Department will register for you on Murphy.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)