Jazz Guitar Ensemble

Music 184, section 003

Spring 2011

Meetings: M-W 5:00, CAB1086

Instructor: Robert Russell

Office: CAB 1028

Email: russellr@uncw.edu

Phone: 962-7440

Office hours: M -TR, 11 AM– noon, by appointment only




Students will participate in the rehearsal and performance of jazz standards and original arrangements for multiple guitars and rhythm section. Improvement of reading skills and jazz interpretative ability are primary goals. Students are also encouraged to bring in arrangements suitable for group rehearsal/performance. A typical semester will include at least one public concert on campus and may include other performance opportunities on or off campus.



Electric guitar in good playable condition.

Combo amplifier in good working condition. Power of fifty watts is optimal.



Electronic guitar tuner strongly recommended.



You are responsible for all music assigned in class and for all announcements regarding rehearsals and performance dates. Performances will be announced well in advance; each ensemble member will be expected to attend each performance.

Absences will be excused only under extenuating circumstances (injury or illness, death in family, etc.) Except in cases of emergency, absences will absolutely not be excused unless you have made a timely and prior effort to notify me.

To be excused in the event of a time conflict related to a special (one-time) meeting of another course, have the instructor for that course contact me (by phone or in writing) at least two days before the rehearsal you expect to miss. You should take care of chronic conflicts during the drop/add period.

Each ensemble member has specific jobs to do on every piece we're playing; every member is needed at every rehearsal. Excessive absences will affect your grade. (See ‘Assessment’ below.)

In the event you are unable to prevent missing a rehearsal, you are expected to send a “sub”, with your music, to play in your place. Failure to do this will result in a grade of zero for that rehearsal.

Rehearsal space and time are precious commodities. Don't waste either. Be set up and ready to play by 5.



• Student will receive a grade for each rehearsal and performance based on instructor’s assessment of student’s level of preparation and ability to play the assigned music. Final grade will be the average of all rehearsal/performance grades.

Two unexcused absences will lower your final grade by one letter grade. Each unexcused absence after the second will lower the final grade by an additional letter.

You may make an office appointment with me at any time to discuss your grade or ask questions about course procedures. I will not discuss grading or course procedures immediately before, after or during a rehearsal.


Please turn off all cellular phones, pagers, etc. before start of rehearsals!