Designation: Level II (Skills)
Jazz/Rock Ensemble is a level I course open to all moderately to advanced student musicians, inclusive of vocalists, who have interest in performing music from a wide variety of contemporary music styles including but not limited to R&B, pop/rock, gospel, funk, and jazz.
Student musicians learn to improve their reading and performing abilities on their instruments while also developing improvisational skills through the study of some music theory. It is highly recommended that students in this course also take advantage of the private music instructionavailable within the Applied Music/Private Lesson programto assist with individual improvement on each of their respective instruments.
Artistic expression through musical performance can be one of the most fulfilling activities in a person’s life. Through inspiration and motivation, coupled with musical instruction, the goal is to provide students with an opportunity for this expression with the hope of further developing a profound love of music!
This ensemble may perform at on and off campus events. In addition, the ensemble may schedule time in Proctor’s state-of-the-art recording studio to record selections of their current repertoire.
Material Covered:Students participate regularly in rehearsal sessions and employ dedicated focus and practice to facilitate their musical development. Additionally, through exposure to music theory, they become familiar with the mechanics of music in order to explore and discover the joy of improvisation.
They learn scales, melodies, rhythms, chord structure and progressions and develop the ability to integrate this information into their performance.
They also develop an understanding and a consideration for how their musical contribution impacts the ensemble while learning to adjust that contribution for the best possible ensemble sound.