This class is team-taught by Fred Hamilton, Lynn Seaton, Stefan Karlsson, and Ed Soph and is designed to focus on specific topics that relate to the rhythm section in a small jazz group.
Jazz Chamber Music is an extension of Jazz Improvisation. Small performance groups are formed from among those students enrolled in the class. Small Groups provide an excellent opportunity to apply and further develop one’s improvisation and performance skills. Students involved in small groups also meet in forum twice weekly.
Jazz trombone ensemble, directed by a graduate teaching fellow. Does not fulfill a lab credit for the rhythm section.
Latin Jazz Lab is directed by José Aponte and focuses on Latin jazz and related styles. Indicate your preference to be considered for this group on the Lab Band audition form.
There are currently four vocal jazz ensembles in the Jazz Division at UNT:
UNT Jazz Singers (MULB 1820.500/MULB 5174.520)
Avenue C (MULB 1820.501/MULB 5174.521)
Third Street (MULB 1820.502/MULB 5174.523)
West End (MULB 1820.503)
All four ensembles are open to any registered UNT student (regardless of major), on the basis of live auditions held at the beginning of each semester. For more information visit the UNT Jazz Singers auditions page.
The Zebras - a contemporary jazz repertory ensemble including: 4-5 horns, keyboardist, pianist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, percussionist, and vocalist(s). Zebras meet twice
weekly for 75 and performs two or three times each semester.
The Jazz Repertory Ensemble is a 15 - 20 member group dedicated to performing classic and historical jazz. Repertoire consists of transcriptions of classics from Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus and others. Smaller groups may be formed from the larger ensemble to perform classic ragtime, New Orleans jazz, cool jazz octets, etc. The ensemble meets three times weekly for one hour rehearsals. The Jazz Repertory Ensemble is directed by Rodney Booth.
The guitar ensembles are some of the many diverse performing groups at UNT. In these
ensembles, guitarists have the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform in a section of five or more guitars. This helps the student focus on reading skills, ensemble blend, group articulations, comping and soloing. Currently, there are two ensembles with instrumentations of five guitars, bass and drums.
The L-5 specializes in blues, rock, and electric avant-garde, and the Super 400 primarily
The Jazz Studies curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, with areas of specialization in Instrumental Performance, Jazz Arranging, and Vocal Performance. Degree plans for each of these areas (outlined by semester) are found here: http://music.unt.edu/advising/degree2014.php
Each jazz major is individually responsible for following the degree plan written for his/her area of specialization, and seeking advice regularly from the College of Music undergraduate advising office.
This handbook is designed to provide an understanding of policies and procedures in the Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Texas, and to serve as a guide to the requirements for earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in Jazz Studies.