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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1406

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Jazz Chamber Music, First Year

Semester Approved: Spring 2014
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2015
End Semester: Summer 2016

Catalog Description: Chamber ensemble groups for jazz musicians. This ensemble will provide students with an opportunity to develop technical skill, sight-reading ability, and knowledge of the repertory related to the ensemble. It further allows students to synthesize musical, historical and cultural knowledge into meaningful artistic expression. Registration by permission of instructor. Audition required. May be repeated for credit.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 0; Lab: 2
Clock/Hour Requirements: 0

Prerequisites: Audition required.

Corequisites: N/A

Justification: This course prepares students to perform in a prevalent style of jazz performance: the small combo. Similar courses are available in both classical and jazz music at other four year institutions in Utah.

General Education Outcomes:
1: A student who completes the GE curriculum will have a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on American institutions, the social and behavioral sciences, the physical and life sciences, the humanities, the fine arts and personal wellness.  Each student will be required to read the jazz textbook and assimilate the theoretical material when practicing and performing. Tests and performance evaluations will be given to test this knowledge and furthermore ensure that the concepts and material can be used in "real time" during a performance.

2: A student who completes the GE curriculum can read, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information using a variety of traditional and electronic media. Through the historical research process, students will be evaluated on their ability to successfully write a research document that accurately reflects the history and impact of historical jazz musicians.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of each semester of this course, students will be able to:  

accurately perform the rhythms, melodies and harmonies of the music selected by the director; 

perform essential music skills as part of a section, including, proper intonation blend and balance; 

show improvement in both speed and accuracy of literature learning as measured by small group assessment; 

understand the music in its historical setting as well as the stylistic, expressive, and formal qualities associated with the particular era of music history; 

communicate the understanding which they have gained to their audiences. 

Members of the ensemble will learn and perform appropriate literature as selected by the instructor. Content includes study of:
• Intonation
• Balance
• Blend
• Articulation
• Historical Context
• Performance Practice

Key Performance Indicators:
Students in instrumental music performance courses are assessed in the following ways (percentages are approximate):

Participation Rates - Attendance at class sessions (60%); 

Written Assignments - Practice Logs (10%); 

Presentation/Performance ? sectional rehearsal participation and performance (10%); 

Presentation/Performance - Concert participation and performance (10%); 

Group Project - Participation in concert recording review and critique (10%); 






Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Literature is taken from the Snow College score library.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 12