Courses

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

Jazz Flute Ensemble

ENJZ-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 Code: ENS

The Jazz Flute ensemble is modeled after the group Supersax. In this course flute students will get the experience playing in a section situation with the correct nuances and articulations. The rhythm section players will have the opportunity to read parts similar to big band charts. The arrangements are also written for students to improve their soloing skills. Repertoire for this ensemble consists of jazz standards and original jazz compositions.

R&B/Gospel Jazz

ENJZ-225

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

The R&B/Gospel Jazz ensemble will study and perform a mixture of R&B and gospel Jazz with and emphasis on the hybrid of jazz and gospel harmonic concepts. The students will be introduced to the concept of playing gospel jazz and improvising in the context of R&B influenced grooves. Students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Piano Trio

ENJZ-226

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

The Piano Trio ensemble repertoire starts with Ahmad Jamal and continues through Wynton Kelly, Red Garland, Bill Evans, Tommy Flanagan, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Jacky Terrasson, Cyrus Chestnut, and Benny Green. Mandatory out of class listening assignments will be emphasized. Students will work on their own reinterpreted arrangements of standards and play original compositions. Odd meters will also be explored.

Django Reinhardt/Gypsy Jazz

ENJZ-227

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

The Django Reinhardt/Gypsy Jazz ensemble will study and perform the music of Django Reinhardt and other artists in the idiom. The music is primarily acoustic string and guitar based. Students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals, develop a memorized repertoire, and gain experience in stylistic improvisation and melodic interpretation. Emphasis on stylistic integrity via listening and transcription, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Course includes end-of-semester performance.

Jazz and Latin Jazz Rating 4

ENJZ-228

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

The Jazz and Latin Jazz ensemble will study Latin influenced jazz and perform the music of contemporary artists that mix jazz harmony and improvisation while performing over Latin grooves. 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.

Jazz Featuring Vocals

ENJZ-229

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

The Jazz Featuring Vocals ensemble will study and perform vocal and vocalized jazz compositions in the context of a small band. Students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. They will focus on playing standard jazz arrangements with special attention to accompanying a vocalist, swing feel, dynamics, playing through song forms, and the further development of standard jazz repertoire and vocabulary. Additionally, students will be introduced to improvising over complex chord changes, more complex song forms, as well as an introduction to a variety of rhythmic feels within the genre of jazz. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

The Music of Joni Mitchell

ENJZ-230

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

A small group ensemble performing material composed or arranged by, or otherwise associated with, Joni Mitchell. 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.

Piano Trio with Vocals Rating 4

ENJZ-231

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

The Piano Trio with Vocals ensemble will study, learn, and perform the music of standards, bossa novas, sambas and original arrangements with singers. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing with singers and singers will gain experience in writing charts and working with accompanists in a jazz setting. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Big Band Jazz Rating 4

ENJZ-232

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

The Big Band Jazz Rating 4 ensemble will study and perform previously performed and original big band charts. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in ensemble performance (intonation, phrasing, blending, and articulation). Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Good listening skills are required.

Organ Grooves

ENJZ-233

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

The Organ Grooves ensemble will transcribe, study and perform the music of Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rhoda Scott, and Joey DeFrancesco. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in transcribing and performing recordings of the artist above. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

The Music of Oregon

ENJZ-235

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

This ensemble explores more complicated small group jazz compositions using mixed meters and unique instrumentation. Many of the compositions are written by members of the quartet Oregon. Students are encouraged to write and arrange for this ensemble. The ensemble will perform at least once per semester.

Small Band Jazz Rating 5

ENJZ-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 Code: ENS

Small group of instrumentals doing their own original compositions in jazz, rock, swing, and Latin idioms. 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.

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