Courses

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

Brazilian Ensemble Rating 6 with Vocals

ENLT-321

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

Open to instrumentalists and vocalists, this ensemble covers how to choose comping patterns and how they work and apply to drums, bass, and melodic instruments; typical bass lines; drum set patterns (hi-hat, cymbals, snare); common mistakes and misconceptions about these styles; as well as ensemble balance, dynamics and interaction, articulation, phrasing, harmonic, improvisation analysis, baião modes, phrasing, frevo melodies, and tunes in regular and odd meter time signatures. Tunes feature 2-, 3- and 4-part voices, as well as rhythm section arrangements. Repertoire include vocal and instrumental music by most important Brazilian composers, including: Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Cartola, Tom Jobim, Edu Lobo, Toninho Horta, Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, and many others.

Merengue and Bachata Ensemble

ENLT-400

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 Music of the Dominican Republic ensemble will study 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, musicality, and individual interpretation, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Salsa Ensemble

ENLT-401

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 Salsa ensemble will study and perform the music of Eddie Palmieri, Isaac Delgado, Fania All-Stars, El Gran Combo, Marc Anthony, and Los Van Van. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing traditional and contemporary salsa as well as folk rhythms from Cuba and Puerto Rico such as guaguanc?, bomba, and plena. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Latin Jazz Originals

ENLT-402

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 Latin Jazz Originals ensemble will study and perform original music, mostly written by Leo Blanco, as well as current and former students of this ensemble. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing new original music based on different layers of rhythms, rich harmonies, and melodies. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble

ENLT-403

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

The Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble will study and perform the music of traditional and contemporary Afro-Cuban jazz artists. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing and improvising in a groove-oriented setting. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Rhythm Section Ensemble

ENMX-100

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All first-semester piano, guitar, bass, and percussion principals who are enrolled in neither ENGT-111 nor ENMX-121
Electable by: Piano, guitar, bass, and percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 1
Department: ENS

An instrumental ensemble that focuses on rhythm section performance in a variety of musical styles. Combining bass/guitar/drum/piano lab and ensemble formats, classes will cover performance techniques utilized in contemporary musical idioms including jazz, rock, and blues. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Mixed Styles Rating 2

ENMX-121

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All first-semester students who are enrolled in neither ENGT-111 nor ENMX-100
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ENMX-100 or overall ensemble rating 2
Department: ENS

An instrumental ensemble that focuses on performance in a variety of musical styles. Classes will cover performance techniques utilized in contemporary musical idioms such as jazz, rock, and blues. 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.

Mixed Styles Rating 3

ENMX-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

A variety of small band ensembles that utilize original compositions and arrangements written in a variety of musical styles: jazz, rock, and Latin. 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. Instrumentation: mixed winds, piano, bass, guitar, and drums.

Mixed Styles Rating 4

ENMX-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

Small group performance 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. Instrumentation: trumpet, alto, tenor, flute, piano, guitar, bass, drums, vibes, and strings.

Latin Jazz with Vocals

ENMX-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

Small group performance 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. Instrumentation: trumpet, alto, tenor, flute, piano, guitar, bass, drums, vibes, and strings.

Mixed Styles Rating 5

ENMX-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

Small group performance 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. Instrumentation: trumpet, alto, tenor, flute, piano, guitar, bass, drums, vibes, and strings.

Studio Recording Ensemble

ENMX-315

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

Training in the recording of band tracks for a variety of musical styles. Playing with prerecorded tracks, and involvement with other studio techniques. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Instrumentation: trumpet, trombone, synthesizer, tenor, piano, two guitars, bass, drums, and percussion (vibes, conga).

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