This is an entry-level course in the jazz band performing format for the student with little or no experience in this course of study. The student will learn, through rehearsal and performance, the basic elements of music and how these are utilized in the jazz band. Topics will include simple rhythms, basic melodic construction and major scale construction. 3 hrs./wk.
Prerequisite: Audition required
Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Identify aurally and by reading musical notation duple and quadruple rhythm.
- Illustrate by musical notation proper swing eighth note patterns.
- Demonstrate proper swing eighth note patterns on given instrument.
- Recognize by reading and performing musical notation four measure phrases.
- Explain orally the interval construction of major scales.
- Demonstrate performance ability of major scales beginning on any given pitch.
Content Outline and Competencies:
I. Rhythm A. Explain orally the meaning of duple and quadruple meter signatures. B. Aurally differentiate by identifying pulse groupings of duple and quadruple meter. C. Compose using musical notation a definition of swing eighth note patterns. D. Convert the musical notation in "C" above to musical performance on chosen instrument. II. Melodic Construction A. Graph by using musical notation the construction of four bar phrase showing the rise and fall of a melodic line. B. Generate the composed graph into musical performance on chosen instrument. C. Aurally recognize a four measure phrase. D. Perform on instrument a four measure phrase indicating the rise and fall of the line by utilizing a crescendo and decrescendo. III. Major Scale A. Orally summarize the interval structure of a major scale. B. Transform oral summarization into musical performance on chosen instrument beginning on any given pitch in the tempo range of quarter note equals 60 to quarter note equals 120.
Method of Evaluation and Competencies:
Evaluation of student mastery of course competencies will be accomplished using the following methods:
Definition and illustration of duple and quadruple rhythms, four measure melodic contours and major scales by: Written Exam 20% of grade. Listening Exam 30% of grade. Performance Exam 50% of grade. Grading Criteria: 90 - 100% = A 80 - 89% = B 70 - 79% = C 60 - 69% = D Below 60% = F
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