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Jazz Band III

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 2331
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
Through rehearsals and performances, students will study jazz, rock, Latin and popular music. Emphasis will be placed on jazz improvisation and the proper interpretation of various styles of big band music. For players of trumpet, trombone, saxophone or rhythm section instruments.
Course Content

Repertoire for this course will include a wide variety of arrangements for Big Band including swing, rock, Latin and ballad styles. In addition, students will practise ear training using "ear training tapes for the musician" by David Baker and will study jazz improvisation using materials by Jamey Aebersold and others.

Methods Of Instruction

Students will form a standard jazz ensemble consisting of five trumpets, four trombones, five 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.

Means of Assessment
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.

Learning Outcomes

Through rehearsals and performances, the successful student should learn the following:

  1. Improvisational skills and solo playing
  2. Ensemble techniques – section blend, rhythm comping, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, etc.
  3. Proper phrasing and articulation of all styles of Big Band music from originators like Duke Ellington and Count Basie to Modern Jazz and Jazz/Rock arrangements
  4. Sight reading
  5. The recognition and appreciation of various styles and periods in the history of jazz through listening to recordings
  6. Modern recording techniques through participation in live and studio recording sessions.
Textbook Materials

All music and study materials will be provided by Douglas College.




No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 2366 (2) 2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 2377 (2) 2019/05/01 to 2020/04/30
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (1) 2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MUSI 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MUSI 2XXX (3) 2010/09/01 to 2020/04/30
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU MUSI 265 (1) 2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) DOUG MUSC 2331 (1) & DOUG MUSC 2431 (1) = UBCV MUSC 164 (2) 2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Individual assessment 2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG MUSC 2331 (1) & DOUG MUSC 2431 (1) = UVIC MUS 281 (1) 2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 281 (0.5) 2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.