The Electric Jazz ensemble is designed for high level students performers that are interested in the use of electronic instruments and electronics in the jazz performance. This ensemble will perform repertoire from the contemporary jazz genre, which has been developed out of the jazz tradition and influenced by world music and contemporary popular music, including funk and rock. Additionally, the ensemble will perform previously performed and original contemporary jazz compositions by the teacher. Students will be encouraged to present their original contemporary jazz compositions as material to be performed by the ensemble. Students will gain ensemble experience through weekly performances that focus on group interaction, swinging, dynamics, phrasing, as well as individual and group improvisation. Emphasis will be given to hearing and expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.
Written approval of course instructor
All B.M. and P.D. students
Fall, Spring, Summer