Courses

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

ENJZ-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 Code: 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.

ENJZ-402

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

ENJZ-403

2 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

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.

ENJZ-404

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

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.

ENJZ-405

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

ENJZ-406

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

ENJZ-407

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

The Contemporary Jazz ensemble is designed for high level student performers who are focused on their development as jazz instrumentalists. This ensemble will perform repertoire from the contemporary jazz genre, which has been developed out of the jazz tradition and been influenced by world music and contemporary popular music. Additionally, the ensemble will perform previously performed and original contemporary jazz compositions by the teacher. Students will be encouraged to present their original contemporary jazz compositions as material to be performed by the ensemble. 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.

ENJZ-408

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

The Electric Jazz ensemble is designed for high level students performers that are interested in the use of electronic instruments and electronics in the jazz performance. This ensemble will perform repertoire from the contemporary jazz genre, which has been developed out of the jazz tradition and influenced by world music and contemporary popular music, including funk and rock. Additionally, the ensemble will perform previously performed and original contemporary jazz compositions by the teacher. Students will be encouraged to present their original contemporary jazz compositions as material to be performed by the ensemble. 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.

ENJZ-409

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

The Joe Henderson ensemble will study, arrange, and perform the music of Joe Henderson. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing the compositions of Joe Henderson. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-410

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

The Ornette Coleman ensemble will study and perform all forms of modern jazz, both with form and free form. The course will focus on the stylistic interpretation of jazz according to Ornette Coleman. 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.

ENJZ-411

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

The Rainbow All-Stars ensemble is designed for high-level players interested in developing their ability to play in a big band. In this course students will study and perform classic arrangements from the Great American Songbook, as well as 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, expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Instrumentation: mixed winds, piano, guitar, bass, and drums.

ENJZ-412

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

The Art Blakey ensemble will study and perform the music of Art Blakey. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing, transcribing, and intensive listening. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

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