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New and Updated Course Descriptions

MUS 145 - Jazz Combo

1 Credit

Rehearsal and performance of traditional jazz standards, Latin, avant-garde and pop instrumental, music for small combo (piano, bass, drums, guitar, and some horns such as saxophone and trumpet). Rehearsals include study of playing compositions with an emphasis on improvising in a small group format. Correct interpretation of classic jazz literature to modern styles is studied in this context of a small combo. Concert performances include major concerts twice each semester in MCC's Theatre, Atrium, or Student Center and there is the potential for additional on-campus or off-campus performances. (This course may be repeated 4 times for a total of 4 credits.)

Prerequisite: Prior experience improvising in a jazz band or permission of instructor; corequisite: MUS 143/MUS 144 is highly recommended

New SUNY General Education:
SUNY - Arts

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH)

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Reproduce melodic note patterns in standard jazz repertoire by repeated rehearsal in class.
2.Interpret different styles of jazz standards, swing, Latin, or funk in a small group format.
3.Demonstrate swing articulation in rehearsal.
4.Evaluate the performances of student concerts that were recorded.
5.Create spontaneous, improvised solos over harmonic structures using scales or arpeggios.
6.Perform rehearsed music for a public audience.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Fall Semester 2023