Courses

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

ENFF-221

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

Level 4 Funk/R&B ensemble will study and perform seminal music from the funk and R&B genre including music from the 1970s to the current era. The focus of the class will be on creating a funky feel, imitating classic instrumental parts, as well as, style specific improvising including the creation of style specific parts. Students will gain experience in discussion, researching, and performing the various styles of funk and R&B. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENFF-300

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The George Duke/George Benson ensemble will transcribe, study and perform the music of George Duke and George Benson. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in transcribing, performing arrangements from the original recording. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENFF-301

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Music of Steve Coleman ensemble will study and perform the music of Steve Coleman as well as original music by the members of the ensemble. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing modern jazz fusion with odd time signatures, superimposed time signatures, and unusual form and structure. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENFF-302

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Music of the Crusaders ensemble will study and perform the music of The Crusaders. This ensemble consists of the best early soul-jazz funk music of The Crusaders: Joe Sample, Larry Carlton, Wayne Henderson, Sticks Hooper, and Wilton Felder. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing soul/jazz. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy and feel of this style. The charts consist of exact transcriptions of the music performed. Instrumentation: piano, bass, guitar, drums, tenor sax, and trombone.

ENFF-303

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Music of the Meters ensemble will study and perform seminal music from the legendary funk R&B soul instrumental group, The Meters. The focus of the class will be on creating a funky feel, imitating the original rhythm section parts, as well as, improvising and creating style specific parts. Students will gain experience in discussion, researching, and performing the various styles of funk/fusion. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENFF-320

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 6
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Original Fusion ensemble will study and perform original music from the teacher as well as the original compositions of the students in the ensemble class. The focus of the class will be on playing a mixture of genres including jazz, rock, funk, and Latin, as well as improvising and creating style specific parts. Students will gain experience in discussion, researching, and performing the various styles of funk/fusion. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENFF-321

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 6
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Music of Joe Zawinul ensemble will transcribe, analyze, and perform the music of Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, and Jaco Pastorius when they were members of Weather Report. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing the fusion music developed by this great group. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENFF-322

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 6
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

This contemporary fusion ensemble will study and perform the music of Mike Stern, Michael Brecker, John Scofield, Alan Holdsworth, Joshua Redman, and others. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing modern and classic fusion with advanced harmonic improvisation and challenging rhythmic content, including odd time signatures. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENFF-323

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 6
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

In this ensemble students will study and perform the music of Pat Metheny. 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.

ENFF-324

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 6
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The students in this ensemble will study and perform the arrangements of music by the groups Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Instrumentation: mixed winds, synthesizer, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and percussion.

ENFF-325

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 6
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

This high-level ensemble learns and performs the challenging and beautifully crafted music of the world- famous Yellowjackets, a band that for thirty years has successfully performed the jazz fusion compositions of Russell Ferrante (keyboards) and Bob Mintzer (tenor and EWI) along with phenomenal bassist Jimmy Haslip and creative drummer Will Kennedy. Expect to practice the tunes several hours per week outside of class with an occasional extra rehearsal.

ENFF-326

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4; drums and bass by audition
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

We will experiment with mixing current grooves and unusual modes and harmonies in a jazz improv context. The purpose of this class is to bridge the divide between jazz harmonies and groove vamps by combining both. Furthermore, heavy emphasis is on melodic development techniques. By the end of this class you will have a working knowledge of rock, funk, reggae, ska, dance hall, drum 'n' bass, reggaeton, house, 2-step, 32nd note hi-hat grooves, hip-hop, go-go, and clipped and bounce beats.

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