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Jazz Ensemble Courses

Jazz Ensemble 1

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to jazz and popular music styles and interpretations.  Emphasis is placed on characteristic tone production and idiomatic performance techniques.  After school performances and rehearsal are a part of this course.

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Jazz Ensemble 2

The purpose of this course is to develop and extend students' understanding of jazz and popular music.  Improvisation, tone production, and performance techniques are emphasized.  After school rehearsal and performances are a part of this course.

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Jazz Ensemble 3

The purpose of this course is to develop the ability to apply the knowledge of styles and techniques of varied contemporary popular and jazz literature.  The content shall include the study and performance of varied medium level popular and jazz idiomatic literature.  Improvisation, characteristic tone, individual and ensemble performance techniques, and an appreciation of the history of jazz in the United States are emphasized and applied.  After school rehearsal and performances are a part of this course.

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Jazz Ensemble 4 Honors

The purpose of this course is to develop independence in knowledge of styles and performance techniques of varied contemporary music and jazz literature.  Content shall include the study and performance of varied difficult diverse popular and idiomatic literature.  Independence in improvisation, interpretation and performance is emphasized.  After school rehearsals and performances are a part of this course.

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