The musically creative and syncretic dispositions common to jazz musicians form the foundations of the Jazz, World, and Popular Music Ensemble. Nonetheless, the course embraces music as a continually evolving phenomenon and as such, provides opportunities for students to explore musical styles beyond the jazz canon. Course participants will have ample opportunities to work in smaller, peer-led ensemble configurations and the whole class may perform together in public as the PCDS "40th Street Band" -- an ensemble that intentionally avoids naming itself after a specific musical genre. As students explore the musical worlds that surround them, the course provides opportunities to learn and play musical instruments, explore songwriting/composition, and/or discover various aspects of music production. While the ensemble is fundamentally designed for students with prior musical experience, with instructor approval, beginners can be accommodated in a variety of ways.