Courses

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ENJZ-200

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

Level 3 Small Band Jazz ensemble will study and perform jazz 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 the swing feel, playing through song forms, and the further development of standard jazz repertoire and vocabulary. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-201

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Music of Elvin Jones ensemble will focus on the work of legendary jazz drummer Elvin Jones as featured with John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Hank Jones, McCoy Tyner, and many others. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing and entertaining. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-202

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Level 3 Smooth Jazz 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, funk, jazz, and Latin. Additionally, students will be introduced to the use of jazz vocabulary in the context of the smooth jazz genre. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-203

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

Big Band Jazz Rating 3 ensemble will perform arrangements associated with, but not limited to, jazz legends such as Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Buddy Rich. In addition, arrangements encompassing the contemporary genre may be included. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-204

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Martino, Pass, and Wes Montgomery ensemble will study and perform the music of Pat Martino, Joe Pass, and Wes Montgomery. 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-220

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
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

The Small Band Jazz Rating 4 ensemble will study and perform jazz 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 the swing feel, 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-221

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
Location: Boston Campus

An ensemble designed to improve the ability of performers in an ensemble context to understand and master different irregular or not common time signatures that we often find in today's music. The students will learn and perform compositions containing different rhythmic concepts from various styles of music. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

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
Location: Boston Campus

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
Location: Boston Campus

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
Location: Boston Campus

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
Location: Boston Campus

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
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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