Ensemble Courses

ENEL-310

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: EP-223 or EP-225
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

Students in this class will develop proficiency using a Monome open source grid controller and a laptop computer to perform in solo, duo, and small ensemble settings. The class will explore techniques and develop repertoire using freely available open source software, and/or software developed by class members. Strategies based on representative literature using practice session material will prepare students to use the system to perform in a variety of musical performance roles. Emphasis will be placed on developing associated listening skills.

ENEL-403

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: MTEC-111
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

An open forum for development of live performance multi-instrumental duo/trio ensembles consisting of electronic, electroacoustic, and acoustic sources. The class splits into a number of smaller groups working on two compositions and playing in class on a rotating schedule for discussion and critique. This course uses a variety of instrumental approaches such as controls surfaces, audio/MIDI processing, MAX/MSP patches, and any instruments.

ENEL-404

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The Turntable Ensemble focuses on composing, improvising, and performing music that incorporates the turntable as a musical instrument, informed by the traditions of hip-hop, jazz, soul, and other related styles. In this course, students participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students gain experience in performing in a variety of styles and settings. This course emphasizes stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENEL-410

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Skeete
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: EDI principals; or MTEC-350 or EP-350
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The EDI Showcase Ensemble is made up of advanced level EDI players focusing on innovative performance techniques.  Players work with complex performance systems and instrumentation, including customized software and a variety of controllers. Students perform original works and explore improvisation techniques in a variety of electronic music styles, as well as take on special projects. Working as a full ensemble as well as in smaller groups, students attend weekly rehearsals and will present an end-of-semester concert.

ENFF-200

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

Level 3 Funk ensemble will study and perform seminal music from the funk 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 improvising and creating style-specific parts. Students will gain experience in discussion, researching, and performing the various styles of funk. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENFF-201

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

The Retro Funk/Fusion ensemble will study and perform the music of Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Soulive, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Roberta Flack, Joe Zawinul, and Donny Hathaway, and others. In this course, students will participate in weekly, supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience of performing music in the genre of retro funk/fusion, using music from traditional and contemporary artists. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Some material will be prearranged with individual parts, other material will be arranged during the class, by the instructor and the ensemble, from lead sheets. After midterms, an attempt will be made to consider material (original or covers) from the students that is consistent with the genre. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to direct the performance of material covered during the class.

ENFF-220

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/Fusion ensemble will study and perform seminal music from the funk/fusion 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 improvising and creating style specific parts. Additionally, the students will be introduced to the harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic component of jazz, rock, and Latin that create the genre of funk/fusion. 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-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 4
Department: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

The George Duke and George Benson Ensemble is designed to develop and enhance performance skills at the advanced level. Through studying the music of these two artists, this course covers a wide variety of styles and focuses on both instrumental and vocal-based music. Students encounter various real world situations, such as learning music with a set, short amount of time to prepare; learning songs/arrangements/lyrics on the spot and retaining it; having to come up with parts that work with the songs/arrangements, etc. Through these situations, students develop and enhance their skill level. Throughout the course of the semester students learn and practice a full set of music from these two artists for the purpose of performing a final concert at the end of the semester.

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 4
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.

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