Repertoire for this course will include a wide variety of arrangements for Big Band including swing, rock, Latin and ballad styles. In addition, students may study jazz improvisation using materials by Jamey Aebersold and others.
Students will form a standard jazz ensemble consisting of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, piano, bass, guitar and drums. The instructor will teach the material and will conduct all rehearsals and concerts. In addition, the use of mechanical and/or electronic aids such as the TAP rhythm machine, recordings, tuning devices, metronomes, and others may be assigned and evaluated.
|Midterm improvisation test and/or in-class assessment||15%|
|Midterm ensemble work||20%|
|Final improvisation test and/or in-class assessment||15%|
|Final playing test or recording session||20%|
|Final ensemble work||30%|
*N.B. In a performing group, regular attendance is vital to the learning of ensemble skills and the achievement of high performance standards. Absences affect every member of the ensemble; therefore 5% of the final mark will be deducted for each unexcused absence, to a total of 30%. Excused absences will include illness and urgent family or personal matters.
Unexcused absence from a dress rehearsal or a concert will result in a failing grade.
Through rehearsals and performances, the successful student will be able to demonstrate basic skills in:
- Improvisational skills and solo playing
- Ensemble techniques – section blend, rhythm comping, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, etc.
- Appropriate phrasing and articulation of various styles of Big Band music from originators like Duke Ellington and Count Basie to Modern Jazz and Jazz/Rock arrangements
- Sight reading
- Aural recognition and appreciation of various styles and periods in the history of jazz
- Modern recording techniques through participation in live and studio recording sessions.
All music and study materials will be provided by Douglas College.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Athabasca University (AU)||No credit||2017/09/01 to -|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU ENSJ 145 (1.5)||2017/09/01 to -|
|Coast Mountain College (CMTN)||No credit||2017/09/01 to -|
|College of the Rockies (COTR)||No credit||2017/09/01 to -|
|Coquitlam College (COQU)||No credit||2017/09/01 to -|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU MUSI 1177 (2)||2019/01/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU GE 1XX (1)||2017/09/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||No credit||2017/09/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||DOUG MUSC 1137 (1.5) & DOUG MUSC 1237 (1.5) = UBCV MUSC 164 (2)||2017/09/01 to -|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||No credit||2017/09/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC MUS 1XX (0.5)||2017/09/01 to -|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||Individual audition required||2017/09/01 to -|