MUS 121 - NMC Jazz Band

Course Description

A course for the performer with a focus on big band jazz ensemble techniques and styles. A wide range of jazz styles are covered including swing, be-bop, ballads, rock/fusion and Latin. Some improvisation is briefly explored and always encouraged, although it is not the main focus of this course. A minimum of one concert will be performed each semester and all members are required to attend and participate in all scheduled performances. Group 2 course.

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Required Prerequisites

MUS 120, previous band or jazz band experience or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Identify techniques for large jazz ensemble performance, combining the elements of jazz rhythms, melodies and harmonies.
  • Successfully participate in rehearsals as would be required on a professional level.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of musical elements.
  • Demonstrate tone production competencies.
  • Demonstrate performance convention competencies through the concert repertoire.
  • Demonstrate language competencies through the concert repertoire.
  • Demonstrate musicality competencies through the concert repertoire.
Human Dimension:
  • See themselves as artists.
  • Collaborate with others in a creative environment.
  • Recognize the personal and societal importance of self-expression and creativity.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Express interest in music from other cultures and genres.
  • Value differences in cultural expressions of creativity.
  • Recognize the role music plays as an expression of social concerns.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Read study effectively.
  • Frame useful questions.
  • Develop educational goals.
  • Direct/regulate their own learning.
  • Learn through collaboration.