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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 4146

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

Semester Approved: Summer 2019
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2025
End Semester:

Catalog Description: Jazz Ensemble is a standard jazz big band. The jazz ensemble will perform literature inclusive of all jazz styles. 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. Addition required. May be repeated for credit.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 4; Lab: 0
Repeatable: Yes.

Prerequisites: MUSC 3146 or permission of instructor. Audition required.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Accurately perform the rhythms, melodies and harmonies of the music selected by the director. This outcome will be assessed via evaluation of student performance in rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, and performances.

Perform essential skills as part of a section, including, proper intonation blend and balance. This outcome will be assessed via evaluation of student performance in rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, and performances.

Show improvement in both speed and accuracy of literature learning as measured by small group assessment. This outcome will be assessed via evaluation of student performance in sectional rehearsals.

Understand the music in its historical setting as well as the stylistic, expressive, and formal qualities associated with the particular era of music history. This outcome will be assessed via evaluation of student practice journals.

Communicate the understanding which they have gained to their audiences. This outcome will be assessed through concert performances and critiques.

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 50 to 60%

Written Assignments - Practice Logs  10 to 20%

Presentation/Performance ? sectional rehearsal participation and performance 10 to 20%

Presentation/Performance - Concert participation and performance 10 to 20%

Group Project - Participation in concert recording review and critique 10 to 20%

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

Pedagogy Statement:
This course will be delivered via direct instruction, student directed, collaborative sectional rehearsals, demonstration, & modeling.

Instructional Mediums:

Maximum Class Size: 30
Optimum Class Size: 20