Ensemble Courses

ENJZ-230

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

A small group ensemble performing material composed or arranged by, or otherwise associated with, Joni Mitchell. 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.

ENJZ-231

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 with Vocals ensemble will study, learn, and perform the music of standards, bossa novas, sambas and original arrangements with singers. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing with singers and singers will gain experience in writing charts and working with accompanists in a jazz setting. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-232

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 Big Band Jazz Rating 4 ensemble will study and perform previously performed and original big band charts. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in ensemble performance (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. Good listening skills are required.

ENJZ-233

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 Organ Grooves ensemble will transcribe, study and perform the music of Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rhoda Scott, and Joey DeFrancesco. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in transcribing and performing recordings of the artist above. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENJZ-235

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

This ensemble explores more complicated small group jazz compositions using mixed meters and unique instrumentation. Many of the compositions are written by members of the quartet Oregon. Students are encouraged to write and arrange for this ensemble. The ensemble will perform at least once per semester.

ENJZ-300

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

Small group of instrumentals doing their own original compositions in jazz, rock, swing, and Latin idioms. 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.

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 Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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 Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

ENJZ-303

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

The Music of Charles Mingus ensemble will study and perform seminal work form legendary jazz bassist Charles Mingus. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain ensemble performance experience, including playing complex arrangements, 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.

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 Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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 Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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 Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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