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MUP 117 Desert Dissonance (Jazz Choir)
Credit Hours:  2
Effective Term: Fall 2015
SUN#: None
AGEC: None  
Credit Breakdown: 6 Labs
Times for Credit: 4
Grading Option: A/F Only

Description: Jazz Choir, a major performance ensemble, is an auditioned group of musicians who perform vocal jazz literature for CAC and community organizations. The concerts are varied and represent a broad perspective of the American vocal jazz genre. Singers represent the college as performers in public functions throughout Arizona and at vocal jazz festivals throughout the United States, in addition to an annual spring recruitment tour. May be taken four times for credit.

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Application Level) Demonstrate competent musical and performance skills: vocal, aural, sight-singing and ensemble.
2. (Application Level) Demonstrate basic stylistic concepts of singing vocal jazz: basic swing, ascending and descending smears, fall-offs, breath accents, horizontal and vertical accents, shake, and others.
3. (Application Level) Demonstrate control of vibrato and an understanding of how to use vibrato stylistically by successfully blending with their section/the choir.
4. (Application Level) Demonstrate improvisational skills.
5. (Analysis Level) Recognize how to listen to jazz and respond appropriately as an audience member through concert attendance of solo jazz concerts, viewing videos of performers, and listening to recordings of popular and jazz vocalists.
6. (Application Level) Demonstrate good microphone technique and care of sound equipment.
7. (Application Level) Demonstrate ability to perform proficiently for public concerts by relating to the audience and demonstrating good stage presence.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation