Courses

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

Classical Guitar Chamber Music Ensemble 1

ENGT-281

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: GUIT

An intermediate level ensemble focusing on the rehearsal, recording, and performance of literature written or transcribed for classical guitar.

Guitar Artist Ensemble

ENGT-340

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: GUIT

In-depth approach to guitar performance, with each section of the course dedicated to signature repertoire and vocabulary of specific artists. Students will focus on the artist's harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic styles. Students should consult the Guitar Department in order to enroll in the appropriate section.

Classical Guitar Chamber Music Ensemble 2

ENGT-381

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Larry Baione
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: ENGT-281
Department: GUIT

Sight-reading and performing more advanced literature written or transcribed for classical guitar.

Small Band Jazz Rating 3

ENJZ-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 Small Band Jazz ensemble will study and perform jazz 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 the swing feel, playing through song forms, and the further development of standard jazz repertoire and vocabulary. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

The Music of Elvin Jones

ENJZ-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 Music of Elvin Jones ensemble will focus on the work of legendary jazz drummer Elvin Jones as featured with John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Hank Jones, McCoy Tyner, and many others. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing and entertaining. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Smooth Jazz Rating 3

ENJZ-202

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 Level 3 Smooth Jazz ensemble will study and perform smooth jazz in the context of a small band. Students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. They will focus on playing smooth jazz compositions, which involve contemporary grooves such as R&B, hip-hop, funk, jazz, and Latin. Additionally, students will be introduced to the use of jazz vocabulary in the context of the smooth jazz genre. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Big Band Jazz Rating 3

ENJZ-203

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

Big Band Jazz Rating 3 ensemble will perform arrangements associated with, but not limited to, jazz legends such as Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Buddy Rich. In addition, arrangements encompassing the contemporary genre may be included. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

The Music of Martino, Pass, and Wes Montgomery

ENJZ-204

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 Martino, Pass, and Wes Montgomery ensemble will study and perform the music of Pat Martino, Joe Pass, and Wes Montgomery. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing this style of jazz through exercises and transcription. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Small Band Jazz Rating 4

ENJZ-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

The Small Band Jazz Rating 4 ensemble will study and perform jazz 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 the swing feel, 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.

Odd Meter Jazz

ENJZ-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

An ensemble designed to improve the ability of performers in an ensemble context to understand and master different irregular or not common time signatures that we often find in today's music. The students will learn and perform compositions containing different rhythmic concepts from various styles of music. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Smooth Jazz Rating 4

ENJZ-222

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

The Smooth Jazz Rating 4 ensemble will study and perform smooth jazz in the context of a small band. Students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. They will focus on playing smooth jazz compositions, which involve contemporary grooves such as R&B, hip-hop, neo-soul, funk, jazz, and Latin. Students will be introduced to the use of standard jazz vocabulary in the context of the aforementioned styles, which will include the concept of groove oriented improvisation. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Scofield, Carlton, and Ford

ENJZ-223

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

The Scofield, Carlton, and Ford ensemble will study and perform the music of John Scofield, Larry Carlton, and Robben Ford. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing this style of music through exercises and specific repertoire associated with these artists. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

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