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The Small Jazz Ensembles provide opportunities for students to work and perform in groups of 3-6 students. Since the number and instruments change every semester, there is no set format regarding content. The focus is on providing challenging music that will raise the student's performance level while also bringing awareness of their changing individual roles in the ensemble. This necessarily involves them doing some personal musical "editing" in an improvised setting, in order to serve the desired musical result.
The ensembles are directed by Ted Levine and Jim Argiro. Jim composes and arranges all of the music with a focus on building a strong group identity; one that works within the boundaries set by the student's skills level while at the same time, encouraging them to display their own unique musical personality.