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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Department of Music

Contemporary Instrumental Ensembles

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/music/ensembles/jazz_combo.html

Douglas Snapp, Director

Contemporary Instrumental Ensembles are designed to introduce students to playing contemporary musical styles (jazz, latin, funk, pop/rock, etc) in a small group setting. Strong emphasis is placed on small group performance skills such as listening/musical interaction, knowledge of form, rhythmic enhancement (i.e., kicks, fills, breaks, etc), and harmony (i.e., chord voicing/voice leading, comping, chord/scale relationships, improvisation). Combos are formed each Fall through an audition process.