Syllabus for: Jazz Ensemble I (6th hour) and Jazz Ensemble II (3rd hour)
Instructor: Danny Cole
UHS Room 1613
Course description: Ensemble performance, stylized in the modern big band setting. Developing skills such as playing, singing or vocalizing, harmony, rhythm and style interpretation through many styles of music. Swing, Rock, Blues, Latin, Funk and Modern Fusion are to be the focus through our library of arrangements. Fundamental skills development in music theory and improvisation.
Pre Requisite: Enrolled in a large ensemble: concert band, orchestra, or choir. In some cases, for rhythm section (guitar, bass, drum set and piano), approval to the course may be permitted.
Students must follow the guidelines and expectations in the Union High School handbook and the OSSAA rules to participate.
Grading: 40% Performance, 30% Participation, 30% Written assignments
Financial Obligation: Students are to remain in good standing with their band account through the Union Band Parents Club. The Jazz Ensembles perform and travel to various jazz festivals, contests and performances, which require entry fees, travel expenses, and food. The jazz fee is used to utilize clinician and guest artist expenses.
Fee: $200: $100 payment due November 1, $100 payment due February 1
Performance Uniform : All black and your choice of necktie.
Method Book: T.R.I. by Southern Publishing Company
Class Journal: a composition notebook is to be kept for listening examples and assignments.
General Class Expectations: the first 5 minutes after the bell the student warms up and works on the music from previous class periods. After the personal prep time ensemble warm up begins. All students will have all of their class equipment at their chair at the start of ensemble warm up. Throughout the course, each student will have opportunities to solo in front of their peers. Music playing tests will occur in class with a metronome. Must maintain an individualized print music folder. Cell phones are not to be used in rehearsal. Your instrument must be maintained and functioning. Always carry a pencil.