MUSC206 Jazz Improvisation:Theory and Ear Training

Department of The Arts: Music

I. Course Number and Title
MUSC206 Jazz Improvisation:Theory and Ear Training
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides the essential techniques needed for jazz improvisation. Students develop improvisational skills through applicable jazz theory, ear training, and performance-based exercises in both solo and small group settings.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. take musical dictation accurately with regard to jazz rhythm, melody, and harmony;
    2. analyze harmonic progressions in standard jazz repertoire; and
    3. improvise using standard melodic, harmonic, and modal principles.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. practice aural recognition of all 7th chord qualities with their alterations and extensions, jazz-related scales, and common chord progressions
    2. define and apply harmonic analysis principles to standard jazz repertoire using appropriate methodologies and chord nomenclature
    3. define and apply melodic, harmonic, and modal principles of improvisation
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Course-specific content is assessed via homework assignments, in-class performances, exams, and a required final project. The final project must include a solo performance demonstrating melodic, harmonic, and modal principles of improvisation.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Provided by instructor.

Revision/Approval Date: Approved 02/23/2011; Revised 9/2011; New Core 8/2015