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  • Course Code
    MU.MU022S/MU023S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description

     This is an enrichment course for students in large performing ensembles (concert/symphonic band, choirs, or orchestras). It is designed to further develop the instrumental music student’s interest and ability in the area of jazz studies. Students will examine and perform various styles of jazz, jazz history, the harmonic structures associated with jazz, and jazz improvisation.
    Expected Outcomes:


    • Demonstrate technical proficiency on their instrument as it relates to rhythm, note accuracy, articulations, key signatures, time signatures, tempo, precision, and scales/scale patterns.
    • Perform rhythmic patterns and student transcribed jazz melodies in both jazz and commercial styles, and imitate (by ear) melodic patterns in major and minor modes, dominant and diminished 7th chords, and 12-bar blues progressions.
    • Apply concepts in independent practice skills.
    • Improvise musical ideas alone and with others using appropriate jazz and commercial style using standard jazz forms.

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    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

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Unit Description
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JB1Creating
Creating both an original musical work and a spontaneous original musical idea assists students in understanding the musical elements required to convey a mood or feeling. By learning and incorporating common practices in composition technique and basic skills in improvisation, students gain a greater depth of knowledge for the execution and performance of other works on their instrument.
JB2Performing
Instrumental performance skills encompass the technical and musical proficiency tools needed to master,
interpret, and produce a musical work. Interpreting symbols of expression contributes to the process of mastering an instrumental skillset at high achievement levels. Ensemble performance skills are acquired when students study, rehearse, and perform music in preparation for culminating performances. These performance experiences are critical to the development of musicians.
JB3Responding
Composers organize music into units of structure, or musical forms, which have evolved over hundreds of years. Students will visually and aurally analyze method book excerpts to identify musical forms, and then discern and defend forms found within prepared supplemental repertoire. Interpreting the elements of music and the composer’s intent contributes to the process of mastering an instrumental skillset as well as the performance of music literature; thus, influencing the emotional response from the listener.
JB4Connecting
Students synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make music, relating musical ideas and works to societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding critical to their growth as young musicians. The principles and subject matter of various disciplines outside the arts are interrelated with those of music to the processes of analysis, inquiry, and creativity used in mathematics, literature, and physical and/or social sciences. Moreover, the roles of creators, performers, and various vocations continually evolve in the production and presentation in the arts.