Spring 2017

Jazz Ensemble

Listed in: Music, as MUSL-137H

Moodle site: Course


Suzette M. Farnham (Section 01)


136H-140H entail the study of musical performance through ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include compositions programmed by directors each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one’s individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. These courses will culminate with a public performance. 136H-140H may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1.         Instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Music Department.

2.         Enrollment in one full-credit Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance.

136H-140H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble director AND the Department Coordinator. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a.         All performance courses will be elected as a half course.

b.         Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same ensemble. Though not strictly required, the Music Department urges that the two semesters be consecutive.

c.         A student electing a performance course may carry 4.5 courses each semester, or 4.5 the first semester and 3.5 courses the second semester.

Half credit. Fall and spring semester.


Artistic Practice


2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017