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Course : University Jazz Ensemble

Course Number
MUSC 3941
Section Number
Fall 2022
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Course Goals and Objectives. Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Be able to distinguish the jazz style from concert stylings
  2. Be exposed to a variety of jazz genres
  3. Be exposed to basic improvisation
  4. Increase their level of sight reading
  5. Develop performance skills
  6. Be exposed to jazz literature

Classroom Etiquette. Students are expected to behave in a respectful manner. Disruptions will not be tolerated and are grounds for disciplinary action. Students will refrain from consuming food and beverages (except water) during class. Students may not record, photograph, or video rehearsals without written permission of the instructor. In all cases, posting or publishing of such material is prohibited and is grounds for immediate dismissal from the class. Technical devices such as cell phones, laptop computers, tablets or iPads are not permitted in class, unless being used for a specific, music related purpose. Failure to comply with this may result in a grade reduction or an “F” for the course.

Concert Attire. Students are required to dress in “concert black” for all performance. This includes black dress pants/slacks, a black long-sleeve dress shirt/top, black socks, and black dress shoes. No jeans (even if they’re black), short skirts/dresses, open-toed shoes, short- sleeve tops, tank-tops, crop tops, low-cut tops, or sneakers. Solid black dresses and skirts are permitted if knee-length or longer. Arms must be covered to the elbows. Look professional. You are representing the university.

Attendance Policies.

  1. Attendance at every assigned rehearsal is expected
  2. Students should arrive early to assemble equipment and be prepared to play at the start
  3. of the rehearsal
  4. The professor must be notified in advance of any anticipated absence. Official
  5. documentation is required for an absence to be classified as excused.
  6. Unexcused absences will lower a student’s grade and may result in removal from the
  7. ensemble
  8. Any student who is absent from a performance or dress rehearsal may be immediately
  9. removed from the ensemble and receive an “F” for their final grade.


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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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