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Jazz Methods
JAZZ METHODS
CLASS CODE: MUSIC 381 CREDITS:  1
DIVISION: PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
DEPARTMENT: MUSIC
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course is a combination lecture/discussion and hands-on situation. Students apply learned concepts individually, paired with class members and collectively as a class, and in a practicum-like situation with the Jazz Lab Band and/or Sound Alliance. Visitations to public schools will be made when possible. Jazz Methods is designed for students to learn basic concepts and teaching of jazz.
DESCRIPTION: This course is a combination lecture/discussion and hands-on situation. Students apply learned concepts individually, paired with class members and collectively as a class, and in a practicum-like situation with the Jazz Lab Band and/or Sound Alliance. Visitations to public schools will be made when possible. Jazz Methods is designed for students to learn basic concepts and teaching of jazz.
TOPICS: Myths/problems/solutions in jazz education
Public school jazz band
The college band
Private instruction
Teaching Jazz improvisation
Jazz theory
Basic arranging techniques
Jazz history and style periods
Standard Jazz ensemble wind instruments
The jazz rhythm section instruments
Rhythm section stylistic components
Maintaining applied skill as an educator
OBJECTIVES: Jazz Methods is a course in pedagogy, the art of teaching. It pertains to the Music Education student in regards to public school teaching and to the Integrated Music Studies student in regards to private applied instruction and/or college teaching. Minimal levels of skill within the jazz idiom are developed and significant understandings obtained; but, most importantly, the ability to continue to learn after the completion of the course is garnered.
REQUIREMENTS: Playing exam
Written exam
Observation
Practicum
Research project
Reference notebook
Listening reports
PREREQUISITES: Music Theory 3; Aural Skills 3; individual performance level should correspond to the music major's Junior year.
OTHER: It is highly reccomended that students with an interest in jazz education participate regularly in a large jazz ensemble, a jazz combo, and take Jazz Improvisation 1 and 2, and Music and the Humaniteis: Jazz Emphasis.
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 2003