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Courses Offered

Tarleton Jazz Ensemble I

  • Jazz Ensemble I is the premier jazz group on campus and plays music from Ellington and Basie to Schneider and Mintzer. The goal is to perform a wide variety of styles at the professional level. Jazz I has traveled widely, to include trips to England, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and Kansas. Performances include the Bull's Head Pub (London), Busker Brown's (Galway), the Reduta Jazz Club (Prague), the Vienna Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Wichita Jazz Festival. The band has also recorded two CD's, Big Bad Band and Whisper Not.

Jazz Ensemble II

  • Jazz Ensemble II was created to give those students developing their jazz skills an opportunity to perform. The ensemble also gives beginning jazz students the opportunity to learn jazz. The music ranges from educational to professional level charts. Many students join the band on a secondary instrument and it is more geared towards music education majors who would like to receive experience rehearsing the band.

Jazz Combos

  • Jazz Combos give students the freedom to develop their improvisational skills, while learning repertoire from the jazz cannon. In addition, students get the opportunity to compose/arrange jazz music for a small group setting.

Jazz Harmony

  • A study of jazz harmony and structure, including chord and scale construction and nomenclature. Emphasis will be be placed on the spelling, naming, and aural recognition of jazz chords, scales, and basic harmonic structures.

Jazz Improvisation I

  • Offers the jazz-oriented student an organized approach to learning how to improvise in the jazz idiom as expressed by musical performance. Beginning improvisational concepts are developed in this course.

Jazz Improvisation II

  • Offers the jazz-oriented student an organized approach to learning how to improvise in the jazz idiom as expressed by musical performance. Advanced improvisational concepts are developed in this course.

Jazz Arranging

  • This course develops student’s ability to arrange music in the jazz idiom for both small and large ensembles. The focus is on studying jazz compositions from the masters, while learning practical approaches to jazz arranging. 

Jazz History

  • An in-depth study of the recordings, history, major figures, musical forms and social importance of an original American art form. Principal styles to be covered include ragtime, blues, Dixieland, big band swing, bop, cool, hard bop, free, and fusion.