Jazz Ensemble (1 per semester/maximum of 8) Survey and performance of historic and contemporary big band styles.
MUSIC 084 Jazz Ensemble (1 per semester/maximum of 8)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
MUSIC 084, Jazz Ensemble, includes three sections - Centre Dimensions (001), Inner Dimensions (002), and Outer Dimension (003). These are performance groups of 1619 members each. Admission to the groups is by audition. Students are placed by ability level.
The course consists of the study and performance of big band jazz from the mid 1920s to the present. Important composers of the idiom are routinely represented as well as newer contributors. There is a focus on ensemble group sound as well as individual solo improvisation.
Part of the learning process includes working on the fundamentals of jazz playing, rhythm, articulation, and harmony. Each learning segment, or unit, is concluded with public performance of the music studied and learned.
Section one, Centre Dimensions, represents the School of Music at collegiate jazz festivals as an advanced enhancement of the learning experience.
Members are expected to learn their individual parts, attend sections and rehearsals, and participate in the performances. These courses are offered each fall and spring semester.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.