Courses

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

ENFF-303

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

ENFF-320

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

ENFF-321

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

ENFF-322

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

ENFF-323

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

In this ensemble students will study and perform the music of Pat Metheny. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing every song selected for the semester. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENFF-324

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

The students in this ensemble will study and perform the arrangements of music by the groups Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Instrumentation: mixed winds, synthesizer, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and percussion.

ENFF-325

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

This high-level ensemble learns and performs the challenging and beautifully crafted music of the world- famous Yellowjackets, a band that for thirty years has successfully performed the jazz fusion compositions of Russell Ferrante (keyboards) and Bob Mintzer (tenor and EWI) along with phenomenal bassist Jimmy Haslip and creative drummer Will Kennedy. Expect to practice the tunes several hours per week outside of class with an occasional extra rehearsal.

ENFF-326

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

We will experiment with mixing current grooves and unusual modes and harmonies in a jazz improv context. The purpose of this class is to bridge the divide between jazz harmonies and groove vamps by combining both. Furthermore, heavy emphasis is on melodic development techniques. By the end of this class you will have a working knowledge of rock, funk, reggae, ska, dance hall, drum 'n' bass, reggaeton, house, 2-step, 32nd note hi-hat grooves, hip-hop, go-go, and clipped and bounce beats.

ENFF-327

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

The Herbie Hancock ensemble will transcribe, study and perform the music of Herbie Hancock. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in transcribing one album per week. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENGB-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 Code: ENS

Students in the Klezmer Music ensemble will study and perform roots music from the eastern European Jewish tradition and diaspora, focusing on dance music for weddings and celebrations, as well as various crossover styles such as Yiddish swing, Yiddish theatre, and contemporary jazz/experimental repertoire by John Zorn, Masada, and others. Students will also compose or arrange at least one piece in a Klezmer style for the ensemble. Students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing Klezmer and Yiddish music, either instrumental, vocal, or both. Vocalists may sing in Yiddish and/or English and vocalese. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Students will also gain an appreciation for cultural context of the music.

ENGB-220

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 Code: ENS

Focuses on the performance of modern arrangements of music from different South American countries such as: Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, and others. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENGB-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 Code: ENS

This ensemble will perform contemporary compositions and standard repertoire from the Arab world, Turkey, Iran, and Central Asia. Emphasis is on improvisation, communication within the ensemble, developing a groove (including tunes in asymmetrical meters), and exploring the musical resources of the Middle East. Since the music is primarily modal, this ensemble offers students to an opportunity to explore dynamics, instrumental timbre, embellishment, and phrasing free from the constraints of complex harmony. Repertoire is chosen each semester, based on students' preference, from the work of artists such as: Fairuz, Abdel Wahab, Natacha Atlas, Laço Tayfa, Simon Shaheen, Charbel Rouhana, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and many others.

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