Program Curriculum & Philosophy
Prospect’s Jazz program is dedicated to providing students an educational forum of the performance practices and rich cultural legacies of jazz. Rehearsals are designed for students to explore their musical interest, creativity, and imagination within the ensemble. Instructional lessons are designed to facilitate the technical and musical growth of each student while encouraging positive social interactions, leadership skills, and cognitive abilities, which will have a consequential effect in disciplines across content areas. In turn, these experiences will provide an opportunity for students to reach their full potential as musicians while acquiring the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will enhance their contributions to society.
Jazz Ensemble I and II are both full-year 9th-hour classes for course credit. In order to be a member of the jazz program wind and percussion players must be a part of Prospect’s Band, and bass players must be a part of Prospect’s Orchestra. Students are selected for jazz through auditions that take place each spring and during the first week of classes in the fall. Due to the limited number of players in a jazz setting, placement within one of the ensembles after an audition is not guaranteed.
The following information reflects the policies and procedures of Prospect’s Music Department and highlights specific requirements of Prospect’s Jazz program.
Description of Classroom Experience
Jazz Ensemble II is an exploratory course designed to introduce students to jazz through a focus on the following objectives:
1) Strengthen musicianship through rehearsal and performance.
2) Develop professional rehearsal and performance skills.
3) Internalize a solid sense of time displacement and rhythm.
4) Develop methods to excel through efficient and effective practice skills.
5) Improve listening skills.
6) Master musical and technical components of music.
7) Develop knowledge of jazz history and key jazz musicians.
8) Gain an appreciation of jazz through listening.
9)Gain exposure to improvisation.
Jazz Ensemble I is an advanced course designed to focus on the objectives above at the highest level. It is recommended that all students in Jazz Ensemble I audition for placement in the District IMEA and All-State Jazz Ensembles. Details will be distributed in the fall.