Courses

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Advanced Repertory Big Band Ensemble

ENJZ-415

2 credit(s)
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Contemporary Small Band Jazz

ENJZ-416

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 7
Department: ENS

Contemporary Small Band Jazz is designed for high-level student performers who are focused on their development as jazz instrumentalists. This ensemble will perform a wide range of jazz styles, including jazz fusion, Latin jazz, bebop, and contemporary jazz. Students will gain ensemble experience through weekly performances that focus on group interaction, swinging, dynamics, phrasing, as well as individual and group improvisation. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Ensemble Master Class

ENJZ-P400

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Ensemble Master Class is designed for high level jazz players that are interested in further developing their individual sound and the sound of their own ensemble or band. The course is a focused on a dynamic view of essential elements of a performing jazz artist, including what is means to be a jazz artist, how to present your music, how to engage an audience, programing, and band leading. Additionally, critical analysis and discussion of the musicality of the material performed in class will be included as part of the class.

Introduction to Latin Jazz

ENLT-200

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: ENS

In the Introduction to Latin Jazz ensemble, students will learn and apply instrument-appropriate roles to perform traditional popular music from Cuba and Brazil. Through participation in weekly supervised rehearsals, students will gain experience in performing styles such as son, descarga, cha-cha, and mambo from Cuba, as well as bossa nova, samba, and partido alto from Brazil. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Brazilian Instrumental Rating 3 With Vocals

ENLT-201

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: ENS

In Brazilian Instrumental Rating 3, students will learn and apply instrument-appropriate roles to perform Brazilian music. Through participation in weekly supervised rehearsals, students will gain experience in performing Brazilian music that draws on styles such as bossa nova and samba. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, musicality, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Latin/Afro-Cuban Styles

ENLT-220

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: ENS

In the Latin/Afro-Cuban Styles ensemble, students will learn and apply instrument-appropriate roles to perform popular music from Cuba and Brazil. Through participation in weekly supervised rehearsals, students will gain experience in performing styles such as son, descarga, cha-cha, mambo, danzón, songo, and bembé from Cuba, as well as bossa nova, samba, and partido alto from Brazil. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Brazilian Instrumental Rating 4 with Vocals

ENLT-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: ENS

In Brazilian Instrumental Rating 4, students will learn and apply instrument-appropriate roles to perform Brazilian music. Through participation in weekly supervised rehearsals, students will gain experience in performing Brazilian music that draws on styles such as bossa nova, samba, partido alto, choro, and afox?. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, musicality, individual interpretation, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Instrumentation: mixed winds, piano, bass, guitar, and drums.

Afro-Cuban Music Rating 4

ENLT-222

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: ENS

The Afro-Cuban Music Rating 4 ensemble will survey and perform the music of Afro-influenced Cuban, American Latin, and Latin jazz. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in discussion, researching, and performance of specific styles. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Afro-Cuban Traditional and Folkloric Music

ENLT-223

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: ENS

The Afro-Cuban Folkloric ensemble will study and perform traditional folkloric Afro-Cuban music. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing styles and rhythms as they apply to rhythm section playing and instrumental solo performance techniques in the Afro-Cuban style. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy and improvisational techniques.

Vocal Music of Cuba and Brazil

ENLT-224

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: ENS

The Vocal Music of Cuba and Brazil ensemble will learn, listen, and perform the music of Ibrahim Ferrer, Polo Montañez, Celia Cruz, Haila María Mompié, Cartola, Johnny Alf, Wilson Simonal, and Emílio Santiago. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in transcribing and performing music recorded by the artists above. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, lyrical, and rhythmic accuracy.

Berklee Steelpan Ensemble

ENPH-291

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPH-391
Department: PERC

This ensemble will perform a range of music specifically written and arranged for the steelpan instrument. Repertoire will be drawn from Panorama arrangements adapted for small ensemble, original arrangements by the director, and adaptations from the European classical repertoire. Styles will include pop, calypso, and contemporary jazz. Desired instrumentation is: four tenors (leads), two double seconds, one guitar pan, two triple cellos, one tenor bass, two bass, and assorted engine room percussion instruments (drum set and hand percussion). This ensemble will perform a recital at the end of the semester, and possibly at other special events.

Marimba Ensemble

ENPM-331

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Total percussion and vibraphone principal MUED and PERF majors
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: PERC

An ensemble for beginning percussionists specializing in interpretations and transcriptions of baroque, classical, and contemporary literature.

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