CCOG for MUS 166A Spring 2024

Course Number:
MUS 166A
Course Title:
Jazz Ensemble I
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:

Course Description

Provides an opportunity for instrumentalists to practice and perform at an elementary level in a jazz and improvised music ensemble. Includes conducted and coached rehearsals for public performance. Covers performance, practice, and repertoire for jazz ensemble and jazz big band. Requires the ability to read music. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Instructor should assign repertoire according to individual abilities and available instrumentation. Works will be selected from the standard jazz repertoire.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Publicly perform elementary repertory as a member of an instrumental ensemble using elementary musicianship skills and performance etiquette.
  • Individually prepare and rehearse elementary repertoire as a member of an instrumental ensemble utilizing an understanding of elementary music literacy.
  • Follow a conductor, annotate music, and be a contributing member of an instrumental ensemble during rehearsal using an understanding of rehearsal techniques and etiquette.
  • Accurately interpret instrumental music in performance and demonstrate an understanding of stylistic differences in repertoire.
  • Use an elementary understanding of their primary instrument to continue to improve as a performer of music.

Course Activities and Design

  • Rehearse instrumental repertoire from the entire historical range of jazz music

  • Create and rehearse methods for improvisation

  • Address stylistic concerns in musical interpretation of jazz music

  • Rehearse and demonstrate performance etiquette in jazz music

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course letter grade should be made clear by the instructor at the beginning of the course. The individual instructor will determine the method of assessment. Assessment methods may include:

   Rehearsal attendance

   Musical interpretation

   Public recital

   Successful knowledge and execution of individual part(s)

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The following skills are expected to successfully meet the minimum requirement of "C" of "Pass" for the course.

  • Learn individual part(s) from printed music score.

  • Execute stylistic practices according to repertoire.

  • Work with other musicians to prepare and perform musical works.