Jazz and Commercial Styles Workshop
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Butler Community College
Roger Lewis
Humanities/Fine Arts Division
Fall 1997
Course Outline
JAZZ AND COMMERCIAL STYLES WORKSHOP

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
MU133. Jazz and Commercial Styles Workshop. 1 hour credit. Prerequisite: ability to read music. This course involves the study of jazz and commercial styles of music. Instruction may be on an individual and/or group basis. The class is open to instrumentalists (wind, percussion, and keyboard), and vocalists. Emphasis is placed upon acquiring performing versatility and rhythmic comprehension, and upon improving the student's speed of pitch, accuracy, and stylistic perception when reading music.

TEXTBOOK:
Coker,. Jerry Coker Figure Reading Series. 1987 Montgomery,. Learning To Sight Read. 1994

COURSE OBJECTIVE:
The primary objectives of Jazz and Commercial Styles Workshop are to increase the students awareness, appreciation, and ability to perform the spectrum of jazz and commercial styles (jazz, swing, popular, and rock). At the completion of this course the student should be able to demonstrate an improved ability to sight-read, interpret, and perform in these styles.

TOPICAL OUTLINE OF UNITS:
A. Jazz Styles
B. Commercial Styles
C. Popular Styles
D. Sight-reading Techniques
E. Keyboard and Guitar Comping
1. Rhythms
2. Voicings

METHODS OF INSTRUCTION:
Methods of class instruction may include: rehearsal; sight-reading; audio- visual; class discussion; lecture; exercises in aural skills and music theory; attending live concert performances; and guest clinicians.

Telecourses: Independent study of audio/video materials augmented by text and study guide; collaboration and participation with class members and faculty via available means. Faculty role is facilitator of learning experiences.

METHODS OF EVALUATION:
Methods of evaluation may include: class attendance; subjective analysis of students attitude and sense of decorum; and other methods of evaluation at he discretion of the instructor.

OUTLINE REVISION:
The forgoing is a working outline and will be revised as deemed necessary by the instructor.

Miscellaneous:
Students with impaired sensory, manual, or speaking skills are encouraged and have the responsibility to contact their instructor, in a timely fashion, regarding reasonable accommodation needs.