Ensemble Courses

Jazz Octet

ENJZ-301

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 Jazz Octet ensemble will study and perform various styles of contemporary jazz. 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.

Bebop Ensemble

ENJZ-302

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 Bebop ensemble will study and perform important material from the bebop era including standard bebop repertoire and original compositions. 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.

Jazz Sextet

ENJZ-304

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 Jazz Sextet ensemble will study and perform the music of all jazz standards, arranged by George Zonce. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing bebop jazz. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

New Approaches/Jazz Decomposition

ENJZ-305

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 Approaches/Jazz Decomposition ensemble will study and perform original performances and arrangements of standard jazz repertoire. Under the guidance of the course instructor, the ensemble will collectively create alternate approaches to these standard arrangements through an exploration of reharmonization, new rhythmic meters, rhythmic displacement, and alternate approaches to melodic interpretation. Students will gain experience in ensemble performance through learning and performing complex arrangements. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Miles Davis Electric

ENJZ-306

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 Miles Davis Electric ensemble will study and perform the music of the Miles Davis groups from the years 1969 to 1991. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing the early jazz/electric fusion of the Davis bands and then move into the pop/jazz bands with which he finished his career. 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.

Jazz and Latin Jazz Rating 5

ENJZ-307

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 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.

The Music of Wes Montgomery

ENJZ-320

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 Wes Montgomery ensemble will study and perform the music of Wes Montgomery. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing and interacting with other players in a musical conversation. 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.

Wayne Shorter Ensemble

ENJZ-321

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 Wayne Shorter Ensemble will study and perform seminal work from the legendary jazz master composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, 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.

The Music of Horace Silver

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.

The Music of Cedar Walton

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.

Free Jazz/Bebop

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.

The Music of Charlie Parker

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.

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