Westby Area High School and Monte Dunnum offer this class for students interested in a jazz band experience in those schools that do not offer a jazz band or for students in those schools where a jazz band is not meeting the needs of the individual student. 

Why take this class?

This class has a dual purpose.  
A. This class will allow Westby Area Schools students the opportunity to enhance their jazz instruction in an individualized manner.
B.  This class will allow students in other schools (within a reasonable proximity to Westby), to have a Jazz Band experience in schools which do not offer this type of instruction. 

This class is based on the following components:

1.  On-line instruction is Jazz History

2.  On-line instruction in Listening and responding/evaluating the different styles of Jazz

3.  On-line instruction in Improvisation

4.  An expected practice component with MP3s submitted to instructor.  Assignments include both improvisation and music that will be performed with the Class Ensemble.

5.  Assignments and tests on above listed components.

6.  Attend Rehearsal at Westby High School once per month on Monday night from 7 to 9pm.

7.  Performances as scheduled including Wisconsin School Music Association Festival performance.

Students who take this class are expected to fulfill the following expectations:

1.  Complete the On-line Jazz History assignments (18)

2.  Complete the On-line Jazz Listening assignments (18)

3.  Complete the On-line Jazz Improvisation assignments (18)

4.  Attend 9 Rehearsals at Westby High School-Mondays from 7-9pm once monthly (18 hours)

5.  Perform with Westby High School Jazz Ensemble (2 hours)

6. Practice at least 2 hours per week.  (assignments, submit required mp3s to instructor) (36 hours)

7. Complete required assignments, papers, recordings, reflections, and take required written and performance tests. 

**Students in this class will need to purchase a subscription to Smart Music for both listening and recording of assignments.  Information here:  http://www.smartmusic.com/

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