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
Course Learning Goals
- take musical dictation accurately with regard to jazz rhythm, melody, and harmony;
- analyze harmonic progressions in standard jazz repertoire; and
- improvise using standard melodic, harmonic, and modal principles.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- practice aural recognition of all 7th chord qualities with their alterations and extensions, jazz-related scales, and common chord progressions
- define and apply harmonic analysis principles to standard jazz repertoire using appropriate methodologies and chord nomenclature
- define and apply melodic, harmonic, and modal principles of improvisation
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsCourse-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.
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