Courses

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

ENJZ-322

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 Horace Silver ensemble will study and perform this esteemed artist's compositions. Students will gain experience in developing their skills on melodic, complex chord structure and rhythmic accuracies as well as stylistic integrity and maturity, i.e. phrasing, articulation, dynamics, and swing interpretation. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-323

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 Cedar Walton ensemble will study the music of legendary pianist Cedar Walton. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing tunes with unusual musical forms, mixing jazz and Latin jazz styles. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-324

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 Free Jazz/Bebop ensemble will study and perform important material from the free jazz/bebop era. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain ensemble performance experience, 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.

ENJZ-325

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 Music of Charlie Parker ensemble will study and perform seminal work from the legendary bebop innovator and master saxophonist Charlie Parker, including original arrangements of his work. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain ensemble performance experience, 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.

ENJZ-326

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 New Orleans Street Band ensemble will study and perform classic work from New Orleans street band repertoire, including original arrangements. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain ensemble performance experience, 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.

ENJZ-327

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 Small Band Jazz Rating 6 ensemble will study and perform important material from the jazz repertoire, including original arrangements. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in ensemble performance through a study of the following: complex harmony, playing up-tempo, group interaction, dynamics, 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.

ENJZ-328

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 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.

ENJZ-329

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 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.

ENJZ-330

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 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.

ENJZ-331

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 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.

ENJZ-332

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 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.

ENJZ-333

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

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.

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