Jazz Ensemble – MUS24 (Section .004)
Students are required to attend, and entitled to receive, a minimum
of twelve one-hour rehearsals. If you must miss a rehearsal, you
need to let me know ahead of time (preferably 24-hour notice), either
via email or telephone. Since this is an ensemble, it is of the
most importance that everyone is present. The student is allotted
two absences (if need be) – if you miss more than two rehearsals,
you will fail the course.
The jazz ensemble will be performing at least once this semester,
with the possibility for additional events. Any student who misses
a concert automatically fails for the semester.
B. Reading development
- Rhythm studies
C. Technique development
- Scales and intervals
- Chord/Scale relationships
- Diatonic triads/seventh chords
D. The “language” of jazz
- Transcribed solos
E. Improvisation/Ensemble interaction
F. Ear Training
- A metronome
- Manuscript paper
- The New Real Book, Sher Music Co.
- Creative Beginnings: An Introduction to
Jazz Improvisation (Second Edition), Scott D. Reeves, Prentice
(Both books may be purchased from www.jazzbooks.com)
- Patterns For Jazz, Jerry Coker/Jimmy
Casale/Gary Campbell/Jerry Greene, Warner Bros.
- Zen in the Art of Archery, Eugen Herrigel,
- Effortless Mastery - Liberating the
Master Musician Within, Kenny Werner, Jamey Aebersold Jazz.
- The Inner Game of Music, Barry Green
with W. Timothy Gallwey, Doubleday.
- Check out the “masters”
- Touch on all the style periods
- Listen for differences
in interpretation between players and styles
Music outside of jazz
- Bach Cello Suites
- Important 20th century
- Solo piano music of Ravel
- Classical music of North
In addition, you are required to attend two
live jazz concerts this semester, and give me a short, written review
of the performance.
The Jazz Ensemble is a 1-credit course, Pass/Fail. Attendance, completion
of weekly assignments, preparation of music, and overall progress
will all be taken into consideration for your final grade.
Words of Wisdom…
“Don’t be in a hurry to improve. To paraphrase an old
Zen parable: if you’re in a hurry and practice 2 hours a day,
it may take 5 years to learn something. If you’re in a hurry
and practice 5 hours a day, it may take 10 years to learn something.
If you’re in a hurry and practice 10 hours a day, you may
never learn anything! Being in a hurry means your mind is in the
future. Regardless of how much you practice, you’ll never
retain enough to learn something if your mind is not where the learning
takes place – in the present.” – Hal Crook