I. ASCRC General Education Form Group IV Expressive Arts Dept/Program Music Course Title UM Jazz Bands Prerequisite Consent of Instructor Course # MUS 114A Credits 1 II. Endorsement/Approvals Complete the form and obtain signatures before submitting to Faculty Senate Office Please type / print name Signature Date Instructor Phone / Email Lance Boyd 243-5071 firstname.lastname@example.org Program Chair Maxine Ramey, Interim Chair Dean Stephen Kalm, Interim Dean III. Description and purpose of the course: General Education courses must be introductory and foundational. They must emphasize breadth, context, and connectedness; and relate course content to students’ future lives: See Preamble: http://www.umt.edu/facultysenate/gened/GEPreamble_final.htm Each student enrolled in Jazz Band will be given the opportunity to learn about jazz on various levels. The goal of this course is to instill within students an appreciation for jazz performance, as well as teach them to perform at the highest level of musicality that they are able. During this course, students will put to use the skills they’ve obtained on their instrument, their knowledge of music history, music theory, and basic ear-training, so they may effectively perform challenging repertoire by many different composers. Students will be immersed in many different types of jazz including swing, Latin, be-bop, funk, and rock. Also, students will learn the basis of solo improvisation on their instrument, as it is fundamental to the genre of jazz. IV. Criteria: Briefly explain how this course meets the criteria for the group. See: http://www.umt.edu/facultysenate/ASCRCx/Adocuments/GE_Criteria5-1-08.htm Fundamental issues dealing with basic techniques as related to the Jazz Band medium and interpretation are studied and explored for a perspective of aural, visual and kinesthetic involvement. The student is asked to engage in the creative process by way of interpretive performance and improvisation of jazz works during the course. In addition, they are asked to engage in critical assessment of their own work during rehearsals and after performances. V. Student Learning Goals: Briefly explain how this course will meet the applicable learning goals. See: http://www.umt.edu/facultysenate/ASCRCx/Adocuments/GE_Criteria5-1-08.htm Students will express themselves at each practice sessions/rehearsal and to perform the selection or technique to be learned or explored. Material presented for study represents styles and genres from a global perspective. Western and non-western composers and styles are presented as well as music from a wide varied of historical time periods. Students are asked to apply a fundamental knowledge of music theory and history to their performances, the structures and forms of the artistic language to convey meaning. Students present the product of their work at several concerts throughout the academic year. Critiques and reviews are done after each performance. VII. Syllabus: Paste syllabus below or attach and send digital copy with form. ⇓ The syllabus should clearly describe how the above criteria are satisfied. For assistance on syllabus preparation see: http://teaching.berkeley.edu/bgd/syllabus.html MUS 114A Syllabus Jazz Band Lance Boyd-Instructor Course Objectives: Each student enrolled in Jazz Band will be given the opportunity to learn about jazz on various levels. The goal of this course is to instill within students an appreciation for jazz, as well as teach them to perform at the highest level of musicality that they are able. During this course, students will put to use the skills they’ve obtained on their instrument, their knowledge of music history, music theory, and basic ear-training, so they may effectively perform challenging repertoire by many different composers. Students will be immersed in many different types of jazz including swing, Latin, be-bop, funk, and rock. Also, students will learn the basis of solo improvisation on their instrument, as it is fundamental to the genre of jazz. Course Expectations Jazz Band is an interactive and interdependent class where the success of each student depends on the growth and development of the entire ensemble. The ability of each student to contribute at their highest level musically is the most important element to the outcome of this class. This ability is achieved through daily ensemble classes and is supported by practice outside of class. This class culminates with public performances including, but not limited to, concerts, festivals, tours, and other gigs. The expectations for each student include: 1) ATTENDANCE a. During daily ensemble rehearsals b. During concerts, festivals, tours, and gigs 2) YOUR BEST MUSICAL EFFORT Required Materials Instrument and Mutes (if applicable) Folder w/ Music (Provided) NO TEXT BOOK!!! PENCIL Student Assessment Everyone starts with an “A.” Because of the interdependent nature of this course, attendance and effort are imperative to having a successful musical experience. That being said, student assessment will be based on the following: • Attendance of Daily Ensemble Rehearsals o o o • Show up on time to EVERY rehearsal. While missing rehearsal should be rare and due to highly unusual circumstances, the student MUST: • Inform the instructor as far ahead of time as possible and • Find a substitute of equal or higher ability For each unexcused absence past the first, the students’ grade will be lowered by one FULL grade (A to B to C etc.) Attendance of All Scheduled Concerts, Festivals, Tours, and other Gigs o Be sure to show up with plenty of time for personal warm-up and instrument maintenance, before the scheduled call-time. o In the world of performance, the participation of each individual performer is vital to the musical experience of all of the other performers, as well as each member of the audience. That being said, failure to attend a performance will automatically result in the grade of “F” for the individual student. Schedule The tentative weekly rehearsal schedule will be posted on the bulletin board outside Room #1 at the beginning of each week. Code of Conduct Please refer to The University of Montana Student Handbook for policies referring to Academic Code of Conduct. For more information, please see: www.umt.edu/SA/documents/ fromWeb/Ed.StudentConductCode.doc Disclaimer While the contents of this syllabus are subject to change by the instructor, students will be given adequate advance notice of any such change. *Please note: As an instructor of a general education course, you will be expected to provide sample assessment items and corresponding responses to the Assessment Advisory Committee.