Ensemble Courses

ENFF-304

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

The Funk Jam Ensemble will concentrate on funk-oriented, improvisational, and instrumental music in a variety of styles from the 1960s to the present. Material will vary substantially from semester to semester, depending on the needs and interests of the group. Students will work initially with charts provided by the instructor, but will then have a chance to submit their own choices for repertoire, with special emphasis on students' original music. The instructor will help choose appropriate material. Through exercises and weekly rehearsal of repertoire, the ensemble will work on creating and sustaining groove and developing the skills to build extended funk jams with direction and focus. Students will also concentrate on clean execution of technical passages as well as integrity of style.

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 Mostly Mahavishnu Ensemble highlights one of the great musical innovators of the 20th century, John McLaughlin. This course focuses on the Mahavishnu Orchestra and some other compositions from that era, and emphasizes understanding odd time signatures and using creative melodic development techniques. Once students gain familiarity with these concepts, they integrate current grooves (e.g. from hip-hop, J Dilla beats, drum and bass, techno, and/or electronica) as John incorporated rock, the music of his time, into his music. All compositions are by John McLaughlin unless otherwise indicated. Towards the end of the semester, students are encouraged to write original compositions in his style.

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

The Yellowjackets Ensemble is a high-level ensemble that learns and performs the challenging and beautifully crafted music of the world-famous Yellowjackets, a band that for forty years has successfully performed around the world and recorded an album every year. The jazz fusion group includes Russell Ferrante (piano/keyboards) and Bob Mintzer (tenor/EWI), along with phenomenal bassist Dane Alderson and highly creative and groove-oriented drummer Will Kennedy.  In this ensemble students are expected to practice the tunes several hours per week outside of class with an occasional extra rehearsal. Piano players should expect to learn and play the synth/keyboard parts for this ensemble. The professor has an extensive library of the music from several sources that the students receive in advance.

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.

ENFF-327

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 Herbie Hancock ensemble will transcribe, study and perform the music of Herbie Hancock. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in transcribing one album per week. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENFF-400

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

This ensemble focuses on the music of Soulive, Lettuce, and their musical contemporaries.

ENFF-401

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 P-Funk ensemble will study and perform the music of George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic. 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. The ensemble will perform a forty-five minute concert at the end of semester.

ENGB-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

Students in the Klezmer Music ensemble will study and perform roots music from the eastern European Jewish tradition and diaspora, focusing on dance music for weddings and celebrations, as well as various crossover styles such as Yiddish swing, Yiddish theatre, and contemporary jazz/experimental repertoire by John Zorn, Masada, and others. Students will also compose or arrange at least one piece in a Klezmer style for the ensemble. Students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing Klezmer and Yiddish music, either instrumental, vocal, or both. Vocalists may sing in Yiddish and/or English and vocalese. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Students will also gain an appreciation for cultural context of the music.

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