HS Course Offerings: Music
Jazz Ensemble, grades 9-12½ credit, Elective
JAZZ ENSEMBLE, ½ credit per semester, (9-12)
Students taking this course will develop musicianship and specific performance skills for the performance of the varied styles of instrumental jazz. A variety of styles related to jazz will be explored. Some of these styles include swing, blues, big band, Latin, and rock music. The instruction includes the study of the history, formative, and stylistic elements of jazz. Students develop their creative skills through: (1) performance, (2) improvisation, (3) listening, and (4) analyzing.
Students are provided opportunities to experience live performances by professionals during and outside of the school day. A limited amount of time outsides of the school day may be scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. Students must participate in performance opportunities, outside of the school day, that support and extend the learning in the classroom. Students not currently enrolled in the band program will be allowed to participate in the jazz ensemble if they demonstrate the ability to read and perform music on a rhythm section instrument (piano, bass, guitar, or drums) and receives the director's approval.