RUDOLF HAKEN

Violist, violinist, composer, educator

ELECTRIC VIOLA / electric VIOLIN lessons

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS at urbana-champaign

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open to undergraduate and graduate music majors & non-MUSIC majors 

 

LESSON STRUCTURE / SCHEDULING: These are one-on-one lessons, either full-hour or half-hour per week. Students schedule lesson times at their convenience at https://meetme.so/RudolfHaken

AVAILABILITY OF ELECTRIC INSTRUMENTS: For students who do not own electric instruments, the university provides these but they must be shared by students. University-owned instruments are five-string electric violins (combined violin / violin); therefore the same instruments will be used for electric violin and electric viola lessons. Students purchasing their own instruments are encouraged to buy five-string or six-string instruments as these are the most versatile. To ensure that instruments are of high quality and are properly adjusted, purchasing from a reputable luthier, or directly from the manufacturer, or from an established online outlet (such as www.electricviolinshop.com or www.sweetwater.com or www.sharmusic.com) is imperative. My own electric instrument is a six-string fretted Wood Viper. An excellent Inexpensive option is the NS-Design WAV-5. These are very comfortable to play and can be used professionally. Avoid extremely inexpensive instruments found on ebay and similar sites, as these tend to have serious defects, incurring repair and adjustment costs that more than cancel out the original savings, or containing inferior components that render them unusable. A regular viola or violin bow can be used with your electric instrument.

MUSICAL STYLES: Each student will consult with Professor Haken regarding a performing / recording project they would like to pursue, in whichever genre interests the student. Technical, musical, and technological issues will be covered, including the use of live audio processing and effects pedals; recording and editing; performing with backing tracks; electric instrument techniques (particularly as they differ from acoustic instruments); fretted vs. non-fretted instruments; and compelling musical performance in any style. Semester project will be a live performance and/or video.

COURSE CREDIT: Two-credit course = half-hour weekly lesson; Four-credit course = full-hour weekly lesson. (These are private lessons, not group classes.)

COURSE FEES: Non-music majors will be charged a course fee: $300 per semester for two credits (half-hour per week); $600 per semester for four credits (one full hour per week).

 

ELECTRIC VIOLA COURSE NUMBERS:

Electric Viola for Freshman/Sophomore Music Majors, 2 credits (half-hour per week): 68256 MUS 184 EV1 

Electric Viola for Freshman/Sophomore Music Majors, 4 credits (full hour per week): 68257 MUS 184 EV2

Electric Viola for Freshman/Sophomore Non-Music Majors, 2 credits (half-hour per week): 68258 MUS 184 NMD ($300 per semester) 

Electric Viola for Freshman/Sophomore Non-Music Majors, 4 credits (full hour per week): 68259 MUS 184 NME ($600 per semester) 

Electric Viola for Junior/Senior Music Majors, 2 credits (half-hour per week): 68338 MUS 484 EV1 

Electric Viola for Junior/Senior Music Majors, 4 credits (full hour per week): 68339 MUS 484 EV2 

Electric Viola for Junior/Senior/Graduate Non-Music Majors, 2 credits (half-hour per week): 68340 MUS 484 NMA ($300 per semester) 

Electric Viola for Junior/Senior/Graduate Non-Music Majors, 4 credits (full hour per week): 68341 MUS 484 NMB ($600 per semester)  

Electric Viola for Graduate Music Majors, 2 credits (half-hour per week): 68344 MUS 584 EV1 

Electric Viola for Graduate Music Majors, 4 credits (full hour per week): 68345 MUS 584 EV2 

 

ELECTRIC VIOLIN COURSE NUMBERS: 

Electric Violin for Freshman/Sophomore Music Majors, 2 credits (half-hour per week): 68263 MUS 183 EV1

Electric Violin for Freshman/Sophomore Music Majors, 4 credits (full hour per week): 68264 MUS 183 EV2

Electric Violin for Freshman/Sophomore Non-Music Majors, 2 credits (half-hour per week): 41169 MUS 183 NMG ($300 per semester)

Electric Violin for Freshman/Sophomore Non-Music Majors, 4 credits (full hour per week): 68255 MUS 183 NMH ($600 per semester)

Electric Violin for Junior/Senior Music Majors, 2 credits (half-hour per week): 68334 MUS 483 EV1 

Electric Violin for Junior/Senior Music Majors, 4 credits (full hour per week): 68335 MUS 483 EV2 

Electric Violin for Junior/Senior/Graduate Non-Music Majors, 2 credits (half-hour per week): 68336 MUS 483 NMA ($300 per semester)

Electric Violin for Junior/Senior/Graduate Non-Music Majors, 4 credits (full hour per week): 68337 MUS 483 NMB ($600 per semester) 

Electric Violin for Graduate Music Majors, 2 credits (half-hour per week): 68342 MUS 583 EV1 

Electric Violin for Graduate Music Majors, 4 credits (full hour per week): 68343 MUS 583 EV2 

 

HOW TO SIGN UP: Fill out the application form below (including a link to your audition video) and click "submit" at the bottom of the form. If you have questions, email Prof. Rudolf Haken at rudolfhaken@gmail.com. Enrollment is “by consent of instructor”. Additionally, music majors must get approval from their primary instructors. After reviewing your application form, Prof. Haken will email you with results.

 

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Name
Choose Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Master's (indicate year), Doctoral (indicate year)
2 credits = half-hour lesson per week. 4 credits = full hour lesson per week.
Please provide a link to an audition video, playing anything you have prepared on a string instrument (does not need to be electric). If you're not primarily a string player you may also include a performance on another instrument in your video.
If you're a music major ask your primary instructor to email rudolfhaken@gmail.com to authorize your enrollment in this course. Indicate the name of your primary instructor here.