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Jazz Ensemble IV

Course Code: MUSC 2437
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Through rehearsals and performances, this course will cover 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 study jazz improvisation using materials by Jamey Aebersold and others.

Methods of Instruction

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.

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 will be able to demonstrate basic skills in:

  1. Improvisational skills and solo playing
  2. Ensemble techniques – section blend, rhythm comping, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, etc.
  3. 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
  4. Sight reading
  5. Aural recognition and appreciation of various styles and periods in the history of jazz 
  6. Modern recording techniques through participation in live and studio recording sessions.

course prerequisites

MUSC 2337



curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.