Columbia College Chicago

32-1628 The Chicago Blues Scene: From the Past to Preservation

Fernando Jones, Instructor
Course surveys the past, present, and future of the Blues and the impact Chicago, as the Blues Capital, has had on the world culturally, sociologically, and economically. This course will give students the opportunity to study the living tradition of the Blues through readings, videos, live performances, and the music itself. The class will feature workshop sessions where students perform some of the compositions they’ve encountered.

 

3 Credit Hours

 

Columbia College Chicago

32-1881 Blues Ensemble: Styles

Fernando Jones, Instructor
This course teaches entry-level music students to play the Blues as an ensemble in a professional setting. Course will examine sociological and historical aspects of the Blues and its current and future role in society. Chicago’s unique position as a world Blues capital will be featured through visits to local Blues clubs and jam sessions. Enrollment in this ensemble requires concurrent registration in private lessons.

 

1 Credit Hour
Repeatable
Requirements: Audition Required and Permission by ensemble director

 

Columbia College Chicago 

32-2885 Blues Ensemble: Performance

Fernando Jones, Instructor
Intermediate level course is an ensemble for the smaller to medium sized Blues band. The repertoire for the course is drawn from the straight-forward to more challenging arrangements of traditional and contemporary Blues material. Course addresses the application of musicianship skills as they apply to ensemble awareness and effective rehearsal and performance techniques. Course engages the Blues as both an historical and a living entity through the application of historical background of and interaction with artists engaged in the contemporary Chicago Blues community. Enrollment in this ensemble requires concurrent registration in private lessons.

 

1 Credit Hour
Repeatable
Requirements: Audition Required and Permission by ensemble director

 

Columbia College Chicago

32-1629J The Blues: Chicago to the Mississippi Delta

Fernando Jones, Instructor
Course requires that students travel to Memphis, Tennessee, and Clarksdale, Mississippi for 5 days to examine the sociological, musicological, and historical relationship between the Chicago (urban) and Mississippi (rural) Blues experience. Through lectures, performances, site visits, and keeping an ethnographic journal, students will gather knowledge about rural Blues and gain a comprehension of its creation and performance from an ethnographic perspective. Some students may perform on the trip, if the composition of enrolled students allows. Students will write a paper based upon their journals and experiences of the trip.

 

1 Credit Hour
Repeatable
Requirements: Audition Required and Permission by ensemble director

 

Columbia College Chicago

Private Blues Guitar and Bass Lessons

Fernando Jones, Instructor

Goals

• Keep Blues youthful and exciting, while preserving and building on the past.

• Provide Blues Kids with the basic skills (musically, socially, emotionally and linguistically) necessary to survive and play proficiently and effectively in a global Blues community.

• Learn the importance of the Blues from a sociological and historical perspective with a focus on the future, representing student musicians as scholars.

• Introduce this indigenous American art form to new audiences.

• Use critical thinking skills, while collaborating with others.

• Apply practical skills learned in class in a culminating activity on stage.

• Promote digital learning and embrace technology.

• Make paramount contributions to the future of the Blues musically, socially and culturally

• Represent the next generation of musicians as scholars and proficient players.

• Give each student the basic skills (musically, socially, and linguistically) needed to survive in a global Blues community / industry.

• Introduce students to the art of live professional performances through the lens of the Blues.

 

Objectives

• Introduce the history of American music through the lens of the Blues.

• Keep the Blues youthful and exciting, while preserving the past.

• Represent the next generation of Blues artist as scholars and proficient players + vocalists.

• Learn the importance of the Blues from a sociological and historical perspective with a focus on the future.

• Use critical thinking skills and collaborate with others.

• Apply practical skills learned in class in a culminating activity on stage.

 

Learning Outcomes

For Student Musicians To:

• Improve music literacy by playing by ear and reading tabs + chord charts.

• Communicate using cross-generational/regional “Blues” language.

• Use proper dynamics to ensure appropriate volume levels for songs.

• Accompany vocalist with proper volume control, fills and chords.

• Critique and self-evaluate performances and provide feedback to others.

• Perform as “one” in an ensemble setting.

• Demonstrate basic Blues patterns such as 8-bar and 12-bar Blues.

• Demonstrate the call-and-response.

• Play songs effectively without guitar or piano solos.

• Perform a 15 to 20 minute set of music at a professional level with confidence.

• Demonstrate the art of the groove.