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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1146

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

Semester Approved: Fall 2016
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2021
End Semester: Fall 2022

Catalog Description: A standard jazz big band. Audition required. Performs literature inclusive of all jazz styles. Performs concerts, attends festivals and does touring. This class also covers various aspects of the music business such as creating promotional materials and marketing, identifying technological resources for jazz education, and networking strategies to secure employment. This course may be repeated for credit.; (Repeatable for Credit)

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1-3; Lecture: 1-3; Lab: 0
Clock/Hour Requirements: 4

Prerequisites: none

Corequisites: none

Justification: Jazz is a uniquely American form of art that is generally taught at the college level in a big band setting. This course is standard at four-year institutions throughout the state. Our credits transfer without problem. Music education majors need this experience at Snow College in order to teach this subject in secondary schools. Students wishing to continue band at a four-year institution must develop competitive performance skills while at Snow College.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will understand this literature with respect to its historical context as well as the stylistic, expressive, and formal qualities associated with the music. Students will communicate this understanding to their audience in concert. 

Students will submit developed marketing materials such as professional performance photos, performance video footage, and a resume.  

Students will study jazz recordings by legendary artists to gather and develop the musical tools and nuances necessary to improvise in performance. This will be assessed through group discussions. 

Music from all stylistic periods of legitimate jazz literature will be studied, practiced, rehearsed and performed. Proper instrumental technique will be stressed. Improvisation will also be a main focus and will be introduced to those with no prior background. Students will participate in several photo sessions and video shoots to develop promotional materials. Students will study and submit a professional portfolio and music resume to aid in their future employment opportunities.

Key Performance Indicators:
Students will prove their mastery of selected literature and knowledge of historical music styles during concerts each semester (60-80% of the final grade). 

Students will submit their selected professional portfolio materials developed at Snow College (10-20% of the final grade). 

Students will learn the art of being professional in terms of showing up on time, having accurate attendance, and being flexible and open while receiving instructions from the director (10-20% of the final grade). 








Representative Text and/or Supplies:
The Ultimate Jazz Tool (Scott Wilson). The Ultimate Music Workbook (Scott Wilson).

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 21
Optimum Class Size: 20