College Art Faculty Shows at Banfill-Locke

College Invites Public to College Hour Reading by Local Authors, Sept. 10

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Welcomes New Faculty to Fall Semester

College's Annual Prairie Home Delights Fundraiser, Sept. 25

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Welcomes Students to Fall Semester with Week of Activities

Fall Picnics Kick-Off New Academic Year at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Welcomes Chinese Exchange Faculty Member

Community Organizations Step Forward to Sponsor College's Annual Prairie Home Delights Scholarship Fundraiser, Sept. 25

Roles Cast in College Fall Play, "The Laramie Project"

Senator George McGovern Speaking at Anoka-Ramsey's Cambridge Campus - Public Welcome

President Johns of Anoka-Ramsey Community College Named 2008 Pacesetter of the Year

Discover Possibilities at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Open House

College Students Cut Acting Chops to Perform Intriguing Docu-Drama, "The Laramie Project" Oct. 24, 25, 30, 31, Nov. 1

Coffee House Series Rocks Anoka-Ramsey Community College Each Month, October Through April

Prairie Home Delights Grossed More Than $27,500 for Student Scholarships at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Bachelor’s in Special Education Continues at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Through Partnership Renewal with St. Cloud State University

Cambridge Campus Hosts Renowned Author

New Season, New Coaches, New Life for Men's Basketball Program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

New Board Members Bring Wealth of Experience to Coon Rapids Campus Foundation

College Art Faculty Curates Watercolor Invitational

New Board Member Brings Wealth of Experience to Cambridge Campus Foundation

College Offers Wide Array of Veterans' Services

Anoka-Ramsey Art Faculty Receives Printmaking Award

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Hosts Fallen Comrade Ceremony Nov. 12 to Honor Veterans

Women's Volleyball Team Forges to Successful Season Close

College Student Art Sale-Unique Gifts, Good Cause, Great Value

College Choir Performs Winter Choral Concert

KARE11 Features Anoka-Ramsey

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Proceeds Deliberately After State Deficit Announcement

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Thanks Donors at Second Annual Legacy Dinner

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Embarks on Strategic Planning Process; Public Invited

Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation Donates $25,000 for Nursing Scholarships at Cambridge Campus

Tuition Cut in Half at Anoka-Ramsey Community College to Retrain Unemployed Workforce

Annual Cambridge Campus Scholardazzle Fundraiser Seeks Guests, Sponsors to Support Students

College Reschedules Public Meetings for Strategic Planning

College Offers Accelerated, Eight-Week Business Courses

College Offers Unique Experience for Jazz Musicians

College Announces Cast for "Hormel Girls" Musical

Golden Rams Rally, Split Weekend Games

Number of Season Bests in Victory over St. Thomas JV

Men’s Basketball falls to Madison Tech

Rams Defeat St. John's JV

Rams Split Weekend Games

The Golden Rams Split Matches in Illinois

College Offers Unique Experience for Jazz Musicians

December 24, 2008
As a professional musician, Rich Manik brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to his faculty position in the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Music Department. As part of the college's associate in fine arts in Music or not, students can enroll in Manik's Jazz Ensemble course, a unique experience because Manik co-creates the course with the student-musicians who are actually in the class, based on their instruments, level of skill and the goals.
Rich Manik (shown with students)

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Music Faculty, Rich Manik (left, shown with students) believes that his Jazz Ensemble courses allow students to practice the real life skills necessary for them to become professional students.

"Some semesters, like this one, we have five basses and no percussionists," says Manik. "Last term, we had a violinist. It can be quite a wacky mix of instruments, and a whole lot of fun."

To address the varying instruments, Manik provides music for a specific jazz instrument, which the student-musician then needs to "transpose" for their instrument.

Manik, a working musician for more than 20 years, came to this approach through a narrowing of his teaching philosophy. Currently, his whole philosophy is summarized in two words: "accountability and applicability."

"The Jazz Ensemble course offers students a chance to be accountable for what they bring to the group," says Manik. "What they learn within the course is applicable to real world playing. They will see the dividends of whatever they bring."

Manik, who calls the course, "rehearsal" not "class" expects students to have a base level of skill, such as reading music, prior to beginning.

"There is little instruction on the individual instrument and more time simply learning to play in a group," Manik reports. "When you have five bass players, there is quite a lot of give-and-take. This is fun, serious business offered for one or no credit."

The experience and collaboration has lead several students to form bands after their Jazz Ensemble course has ended.

For more information about Manik, the Jazz Ensemble course or to explore the associate in fine arts in Music offered at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, visit