This course is not active. Please contact Department Chair for more information.
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 practise ear training using "ear training tapes for the musician" by David Baker and will study jazz improvisation using materials by Jamey Aebersold and others.
Students will form a standard jazz ensemble consisting of five trumpets, four trombones, five 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.
|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.
Through rehearsals and performances, the successful student should learn the following:
- Improvisational skills and solo playing
- Ensemble techniques – section blend, rhythm comping, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, etc.
- Proper phrasing and articulation of all styles of Big Band music from originators like Duke Ellington and Count Basie to Modern Jazz and Jazz/Rock arrangements
- Sight reading
- The recognition and appreciation of various styles and periods in the history of jazz through listening to recordings
- Modern recording techniques through participation in live and studio recording sessions.
All music and study materials will be provided by Douglas College.
Permission of instructor (by audition)
No corequisite courses.
No equivalent courses.
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.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU MUSI 1108 (1.5)||2004/09/01 to 2018/04/30|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU MUSI 1XXX (3)||2018/05/01 to 2020/04/30|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU CA 1XX (1)||2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU MUSI 1XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU MUSI 1XXX (3)||2010/09/01 to 2020/04/30|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU MUSI 165 (1)||2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||DOUG MUSC 1131 (1) & DOUG MUSC 1231 (1) = UBCV MUSC 164 (2)||2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||No credit||2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||Individual assessment||2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC MUS 181 (0.5)||2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||DOUG MUSC 1131 (1) & DOUG MUSC 1231 (1) = UVIC MUS 181 (1)||2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30|