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MUSIC 3GJ3A Ensemble:Jazz Band

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Mike Malone



Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:30 to 6:30

Course Objectives:

Students will develop their skills in ensemble playing and soloing in the Jazz idiom through rehearsal and performance of big band repertoire.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Students are required to provide their own instruments. A set of drums will be provided. All music materials will be provided.

Method of Assessment:

Students will prepare their music for performance in rehearsals and public concerts. There will be a minimum of one public performance at the end of each term. Concert dates are as follows:

Fall Term: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the new Concert Hall

Winter Term: Sunday Feb 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm, Joint concert with the Concert Band in the new Concert Hall

                      Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the new Concert Hall

Weekly attendance by ALL PARTICIPANTS is extremely important to the success of the ensemble.

Mid-term and end-of term evaluations will be done individually in an audition format. A sign-up sheet will be provided for 10 minute time slots between 3:30 and 5:30 on the dates listed below. If you are not available at that time please make other arrangements with the instructor in advance.

Students will be evaluated on performance of selected passages from their individual parts and on their ability to use the concepts discussed in the portion of the class dealing with Jazz improvisation.

Participation – 40%

Mid-term Evaluations - 20% - Oct. 25/17, 3:30 – 5:30 TSH B124

                                            - Feb. 7/18, 3:30 – 5:30 TSH B124

Concert Performances - 20%

End-of term Evaluation – 20% - Nov. 22, 3:30 – 5:30 TSH B124

                                                 - March 21, 3:30 – 5:30 TSH B124

Students in this course will have received 25% of their grade in this course by March 16, 2018.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

All grades in this class are based on instumental performance and attendance. Missed evaluations may be made up at the discretion of the instructor

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.