The repertoire of the Jazz Orchestra ranges from Early Jazz to contemporary compositions and arrangements. Their performances have received excellent reviews from critics and enthusiastic responses from audiences. The Jazz Orchestra has a four-year tour cycle, which includes at least one international tour.
History of Jazz (MUS 247/AFRS 247)
A survey of the history and development of jazz, from the 1890's to the present. Includes origins and early jazz through the modern jazz era. Listening activities focus on the major figures of each historical period. Offered alternate years.
World Music Cultures (MUS 248)
An introduction to music cultures outside of the West, which may include the art and vernacular musics of Africa, the Americas, East and South Asia, and Northern and Eastern Europe. This course will be grounded in theoretical perspectives from ethnomusicology, exploring both sound structures and social structures as well as the relationships between them. This course is intended for students fluent in reading and writing Western notation, and able to hear and speak analytically about aspects of musical sound (meter, scale, texture). Students who have this preparation but have not completed the prerequisite are encouraged to speak to the instructor to determine if the course will be a good fit for their interests. Prerequisite: MUS 121L or 111 or consent of instructor.
Music/Performing Arts Elementary Classroom (MUS 277)
This course presents methods of teaching music/performing arts for use in the classroom by the elementary teacher. Topics included are: basic music/performing arts concepts, presenting music/performing arts to elementary children and an overview of such programs in the elementary school including content, methods and materials for instruction. Prerequisites: MUS 185 or 215
Middle and High School Band Methods (EDUC 464)
A study of the organization, direction and management of the band program in the public schools. The course includes the curricula, pedagogy and assessment of marching, jazz and concert bands. It also covers the organization and business management of the band program and instrument repair/maintenance. Laboratory hours include participation with area school bands. Prerequisite: admission to teacher education and 361.
Middle and High School Orchestra Methods (EDUC 468)
A study of the organization, direction and management of the orchestra program in public schools. The course includes the curricula, pedagogy and assessment of the school string program, instrument repair/maintenance, arranging for school orchestra, teaching string instruments, program organization, direction and business management of the orchestra program. Laboratory hours include participation with area school orchestras. Prerequisite: admission to teacher education program and 361.