Event Title

MU262 The Fusion of Funktion: A Look into a Student-Run Jazz and Funk Ensemble

Presenter Information

Audrey Lyman, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 344

Start Date

1-5-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 12:00 PM

Project Type

Presentation- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

Student-run groups are unique to college life, where students learn the true meaning of responsibility and commitment without adult guidance. Formal student-run music groups, however, are not as common because they often require a leader or director in order to organize rehearsals, plan out song choices, communicate with gig/concert managers, and complete a variety of other business tasks. The funk and jazz ensemble at Colby College, Funktion, is one of those rare, student-run music groups in which there is no set leader, yet the group very successfully fills a musical niche on the campus. In this study, I looked at the process by which Funktion manages to plan, practice, and perform. Through observation and interviews, I have concluded that members take part in a friend-based democracy, where every opinion is valued and every voice is heard.

Faculty Sponsor

Natasha Zelensky

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Music Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Humanities

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

834

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MU262 The Fusion of Funktion: A Look into a Student-Run Jazz and Funk Ensemble

Diamond 344

Student-run groups are unique to college life, where students learn the true meaning of responsibility and commitment without adult guidance. Formal student-run music groups, however, are not as common because they often require a leader or director in order to organize rehearsals, plan out song choices, communicate with gig/concert managers, and complete a variety of other business tasks. The funk and jazz ensemble at Colby College, Funktion, is one of those rare, student-run music groups in which there is no set leader, yet the group very successfully fills a musical niche on the campus. In this study, I looked at the process by which Funktion manages to plan, practice, and perform. Through observation and interviews, I have concluded that members take part in a friend-based democracy, where every opinion is valued and every voice is heard.

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