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MUS 108 - Pima Jazz Band I

1 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
0 lecture periods 3 lab periods

Rehearsal and performance of many styles of music in the jazz idiom. Includes interpretation of jazz literature and its notation, development of mind and body control, interpretation of jazz rhythms through listening, scales, and ensemble techniques.

Information: Students chosen by audition. May be taken two times for a maximum of two credit hours. If this course is repeated, see a financial aid or Veteran’s Affairs advisor to determine funding eligibility as appropriate.
Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - FA; Meets - CTE - A&H.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate basic interpretation of jazz literature and its notation, particularly of the swing era.
  2. Demonstrate jazz rhythmic proportions.
  3. Perform modes melodically.
  4. Demonstrate proper ensemble techniques: balance, intonation, and jazz timbres.
  5. Demonstrate basic improvisational skills in solo roles.

  1. Interpretation of Jazz Literature and its Notation
    1. Differences among jazz rhythms and their interpretations
    2. Interpretational approaches, primarily of the swing era
    3. The freedom/strictness of jazz rhythms
  2. Development of Mind and Body Control
    1. Mental intensity
    2. Technical control of one’s instrument(s)
  3. Interpretation of Different Jazz Rhythms Through Listening
  4. Scales
    1. Learning modes and how to apply them to chord progressions provided by the composer
    2. The art of playing what one hears through intervallic studies
  5. Ensemble Techniques
    1. The necessity of good group dynamics
    2. Individual and group intonation
    3. Good ensemble balance

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2018/2019

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