Courses

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

ENEL-221

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

A small contemporary ensemble consisting of synthesizers and other electronics, typically along with a rhythm section composed of drum set and electric bass. The ensemble will develop a concert-ready performance based upon improvisation, extended performance techniques, sound design, and grooves.

ENEL-403

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

An open forum for development of live performance multi-instrumental duo/trio ensembles consisting of electronic, electro/acoustic, and acoustic sources. The class splits into a number of smaller groups working on two compositions and playing in class on a rotating schedule for discussion and critique. Use of a variety of instrumental approaches such as controls surfaces, audio/MIDI processing, MAX/MSP patches, any instruments.

ENEL-404

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

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.

ENFF-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

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.

ENFF-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

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.

ENFF-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

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.

ENFF-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

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.

ENFF-300

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters 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.

ENFF-301

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters 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.

ENFF-302

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters 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.

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: 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: 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.

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