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Jazz Improvisation 1
JAZZ IMPROV 1
CLASS CODE: MUSIC 246A CREDITS:  2
DIVISION: PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
DEPARTMENT: MUSIC
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Jazz Improvisation 1 is the first of a two-part sequence. The two semesters combined will cover the basic concepts necessary to play and teach the fundamentals of jazz improvisation. Emphasis is on jazz theory and ear training, articulation and style, listening and transcription, and their applicaton to performance.
TAUGHT: Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Listening techniques, learning jazz language;
Style: Swing, Bebop, Cool, Hard Bop, Modal
Articulation
Harmonic content
Melodic content
Rhythms
Instrumentation
Repertoire
Social function
Personnel
Scales, arpeggios, patterns
Major
Bebop major
Dorian minor
Mixolydian dominant
Bebop dominant
ii, V7, I
Blues (F, Bb)
Standard jazz rhythms; chord symbols; form and analysis; rhythm section components; transcription (with lead sheet); blues style and concepts; ear-training; tune learning; rudimentary jazz piano; resources.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. Develop and demonstrate fundamental skills in
jazz articulation and phrasing through analysis, transcription, and teacher instruction of basic performance.
2. Develop and demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the theoretical aspects of improvisation.
3. Analyze chord symbols and construct improvisatory jazz scales and patterns.
4. Develop and demonstrate through hands-on experience the physical and intellectual skills necessary to perform appropriate melodic lines over basic chord progressions.
5. Establish specialized practice habits and develop skills for ear-training indicative to the needs of the jazz performer/educator through in and out of class exercises and through transcription.
REQUIREMENTS: 2 style (articulation) projects, 1 transcription, demonstration of scale, chord, and tune memorization, listening log, listening quizzes, jazz theory quizzes, improvisation, other assignments as appropriate to the class.
PREREQUISITES: The students must have their own musical instrument and access to a stereo stystem (minimum: a portable CD player with headphones) for practicing outside of the class. Students must also have a basic knowledge of music theory and performance skills (major scales and arpeggios); accceptable levels to be determined by the instructor.
OTHER: Improvisation is the core of jazz. All students who wish to participate in jazz should take Jazz Improvisation 1 and 2.
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2003