Courses

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

The Music of Dave Holland

ENJZ-328

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

The Dave Holland ensemble will study, analyze, and perform the music of great bassist, band leader, composer, and arranger Dave Holland. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing Dave Holland compositions. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. A recital will be the final performance for the band. Each student will be required to arrange one of the tunes the band will perform at the end of the semester. Participation in this band requires on average a minimum of six hours (per week) of out of class preparation.

ECM/Free Jazz

ENJZ-329

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

The ECM/Free Jazz ensemble will study and perform the music of ECM artists such as Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, John Abercrombie, and Keith Jarrett. Other artists include John Hollenbeck, Dave Douglas, Wayne Shorter, Chris Speed and others. Students will gain experience in performing an end-of semester concert. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Original Compositions

ENJZ-330

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

The Original Composition ensemble will study and perform original compositions provided by the teachers, as well as original compositions of the students in the ensemble class. The focus of the class will be on performing original compositions written for a small jazz group. Additionally, critical analysis of the musicality of the pieces will be included in a group discussion as part of the class. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

9-Piece Jazz Ensemble

ENJZ-331

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

The 9-Piece Jazz ensemble is a medium size ensemble that performs arrangements in a variety of contemporary jazz styles. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing all styles of jazz and Latin music. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Instrumentation: mixed winds, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and vibes.

Piano Trio with Vocals Rating 5

ENJZ-332

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

The Piano Trio with Vocals ensemble will study, analyze, and perform the music of a wide variety of jazz material ranging from standard repertoire drawn from the Great American Songbook through original student compositions. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in chart preparation, rehearsal techniques, and performance practice. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Chord Scale Madness

ENJZ-333

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

An ensemble that performs outstanding student works written in AR-201 Chord Scale Voicings for Arranging in an annual concert entitled Chord Scale Madness. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Instrumentation: two trumpets, alto, tenor, trombone, baritone, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and percussion.

Rainbow Big Band

ENJZ-401

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

The Rainbow Big Band Ensemble will study and perform previously performed arrangements and original arrangements written by Phil Wilson. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in ensemble performance through a focus on 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.

Avant-Garde Ensemble

ENJZ-402

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 7
Department: ENS

The Avant-Garde ensemble will study and perform important material from the avant-garde era. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in ensemble performance, including playing up-tempo, 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.

Concert Jazz Orchestra

ENJZ-403

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Concert Jazz Orchestra will study and perform original composition provide by the teachers, as well as original compositions of the students in the ensemble class. The focus of the class will be on performing original compositions written for a big band. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. An end-of-semester concert is usually scheduled.

Small Band Jazz

ENJZ-404

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

The Small Band Jazz ensemble is designed for high level student performers who are focused on their development as jazz instrumentalists. This ensemble will perform a wide range of jazz styles including, swing, bebop, free, avant-garde, and contemporary. Students will gain ensemble experience through weekly performances that focus on group interaction, swinging, dynamics, phrasing, as well as individual and group improvisation. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Blue Note Era Jazz

ENJZ-405

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 7
Department: ENS

The Blue Note Era Jazz ensemble will study and perform the music of Blue Note artists recorded from 1960 to the present. Students should have some knowledge of this idiom and artists such as Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Hank Mobley, and Horace Silver. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing original music of this era. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Miles Davis Acoustic

ENJZ-406

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 7
Department: ENS

The Miles Davis Acoustic ensemble will study and perform the music of the Miles Davis groups from the years 1945-1969. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing bebop, hard bop, cool, modal, and mainstream style music of the Davis groups that used only acoustic instruments. There will be focused discussions and exercises on improvisation and group interaction. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

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