PRF110A, 110B, 210A, 210B, 310A, 310B, 410A and 410B
3 credits, 3 hours lecture / lab
An eight-semester course covering a range of styles from the Great American Songbook to bebop, modal, world, contemporary popular, and free music. Students compose original material, write lyrics and create their own arrangements. Accompanied by a pianist and/or rhythm section, singers focus on interpretation, stage presence, improvisation, vocal technique, phrasing as well as cultivating a personal style. Students are expected to develop a repertoire of 100 songs over this four-year course. Open to vocalists and instrumentalists. Students are expected to develop a repertoire of 80 songs over this four-year course. Prerequisites: MUS110A and THE100A or concurrent enrollment.
PRF111A and PRF111B
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Requirement / Elective — 2 credits, 2 hours lab
Repertoire includes historic arrangements from groups including Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and the Singers Unlimited as well as original charts and arrangements. Emphasis on singing close harmony parts, sight reading, intonation and creating a stylistically relevant ensemble sound.