Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

Turntable Ensemble

ENEL-404

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

Members of the Turntable ensemble will compose, improvise, and perform music that incorporates the turntable as a musical instrument, informed by the traditions of hip-hop, jazz, soul, and other related styles. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing in a variety of styles and settings. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Funk

ENFF-200

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

Level 3 Funk ensemble will study and perform seminal music from the funk genre including music from the 1970s to the current era. The focus of the class will be on creating a funky feel, imitating classic instrumental parts, as well as improvising and creating style-specific parts. Students will gain experience in discussion, researching, and performing the various styles of funk. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Retro Funk/Fusion

ENFF-201

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

The Retro Funk/Fusion ensemble will study and perform the music of Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Soulive, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Roberta Flack, Joe Zawinul, and Donny Hathaway, and others. In this course, students will participate in weekly, supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience of performing music in the genre of retro funk/fusion, using music from traditional and contemporary artists. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Some material will be prearranged with individual parts, other material will be arranged during the class, by the instructor and the ensemble, from lead sheets. After midterms, an attempt will be made to consider material (original or covers) from the students that is consistent with the genre. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to direct the performance of material covered during the class.

Funk/Fusion

ENFF-220

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

Level 4 Funk/Fusion ensemble will study and perform seminal music from the funk/fusion genre including music from the 1970s to the current era. The focus of the class will be on creating a funky feel, imitating classic instrumental parts, as well as improvising and creating style specific parts. Additionally, the students will be introduced to the harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic component of jazz, rock, and Latin that create the genre of funk/fusion. Students will gain experience in discussion, researching, and performing the various styles of funk/fusion. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Funk/R&B Rating 4

ENFF-221

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

Level 4 Funk/R&B ensemble will study and perform seminal music from the funk and R&B genre including music from the 1970s to the current era. The focus of the class will be on creating a funky feel, imitating classic instrumental parts, as well as, style specific improvising including the creation of style specific parts. Students will gain experience in discussion, researching, and performing the various styles of funk and R&B. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

George Duke/George Benson

ENFF-300

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: ENS

The George Duke/George Benson ensemble will transcribe, study and perform the music of George Duke and George Benson. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in transcribing, performing arrangements from the original recording. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

The Music of Steve Coleman

ENFF-301

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: ENS

The Music of Steve Coleman ensemble will study and perform the music of Steve Coleman as well as original music by the members of the ensemble. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing modern jazz fusion with odd time signatures, superimposed time signatures, and unusual form and structure. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

The Music of the Crusaders

ENFF-302

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: ENS

The Music of the Crusaders ensemble will study and perform the music of The Crusaders. This ensemble consists of the best early soul-jazz funk music of The Crusaders: Joe Sample, Larry Carlton, Wayne Henderson, Sticks Hooper, and Wilton Felder. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing soul/jazz. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy and feel of this style. The charts consist of exact transcriptions of the music performed. Instrumentation: piano, bass, guitar, drums, tenor sax, and trombone.

The Music of the Meters

ENFF-303

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: ENS

The Music of the Meters ensemble will study and perform seminal music from the legendary funk R&B soul instrumental group, The Meters. The focus of the class will be on creating a funky feel, imitating the original rhythm section parts, as well as, improvising and creating style specific parts. Students will gain experience in discussion, researching, and performing the various styles of funk/fusion. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Original Fusion

ENFF-320

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 6
Department: ENS

The Original Fusion ensemble will study and perform original music from the teacher as well as the original compositions of the students in the ensemble class. The focus of the class will be on playing a mixture of genres including jazz, rock, funk, and Latin, as well as improvising and creating style specific parts. Students will gain experience in discussion, researching, and performing the various styles of funk/fusion. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

The Music of Joe Zawinul

ENFF-321

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 6
Department: ENS

The Music of Joe Zawinul ensemble will transcribe, analyze, and perform the music of Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, and Jaco Pastorius when they were members of Weather Report. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing the fusion music developed by this great group. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

The Music of Stern, Brecker, and Scofield

ENFF-322

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 6
Department: ENS

This contemporary fusion ensemble will study and perform the music of Mike Stern, Michael Brecker, John Scofield, Alan Holdsworth, Joshua Redman, and others. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing modern and classic fusion with advanced harmonic improvisation and challenging rhythmic content, including odd time signatures. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

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