Ensemble Courses

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 Code: 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.

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 Code: 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.

ENJZ-224

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: ENS

The Jazz Flute ensemble is modeled after the group Supersax. In this course flute students will get the experience playing in a section situation with the correct nuances and articulations. The rhythm section players will have the opportunity to read parts similar to big band charts. The arrangements are also written for students to improve their soloing skills. Repertoire for this ensemble consists of jazz standards and original jazz compositions.

ENJZ-225

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: ENS

The R&B/Gospel Jazz ensemble will study and perform a mixture of R&B and gospel Jazz with and emphasis on the hybrid of jazz and gospel harmonic concepts. The students will be introduced to the concept of playing gospel jazz and improvising in the context of R&B influenced grooves. Students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-226

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: ENS

The Piano Trio ensemble repertoire starts with Ahmad Jamal and continues through Wynton Kelly, Red Garland, Bill Evans, Tommy Flanagan, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Jacky Terrasson, Cyrus Chestnut, and Benny Green. Mandatory out of class listening assignments will be emphasized. Students will work on their own reinterpreted arrangements of standards and play original compositions. Odd meters will also be explored.

ENJZ-227

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: ENS

The Django Reinhardt/Gypsy Jazz ensemble will study and perform the music of Django Reinhardt and other artists in the idiom. The music is primarily acoustic string and guitar based. Students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals, develop a memorized repertoire, and gain experience in stylistic improvisation and melodic interpretation. Emphasis on stylistic integrity via listening and transcription, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Course includes end-of-semester performance.

ENJZ-228

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: ENS

The Jazz and Latin Jazz ensemble will study Latin influenced jazz and perform the music of contemporary artists that mix jazz harmony and improvisation while performing over Latin grooves. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing styles and rhythms as they apply to rhythm section playing and instrumental solo performance techniques in the Afro-Cuban style. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy and improvisational techniques.

ENJZ-229

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: ENS

The Jazz Featuring Vocals ensemble will study and perform vocal and vocalized jazz compositions 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 accompanying a vocalist, swing feel, dynamics, 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.

ENJZ-230

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

A small group ensemble performing material composed or arranged by, or otherwise associated with, Joni Mitchell. 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.

ENJZ-231

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: ENS

The Piano Trio with Vocals ensemble will study, learn, and perform the music of standards, bossa novas, sambas and original arrangements with singers. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing with singers and singers will gain experience in writing charts and working with accompanists in a jazz setting. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-232

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: ENS

The Big Band Jazz Rating 4 ensemble will study and perform previously performed and original big band charts. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in ensemble performance (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-233

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: ENS

The Organ Grooves ensemble will transcribe, study and perform the music of Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rhoda Scott, and Joey DeFrancesco. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in transcribing and performing recordings of the artist above. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

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