MUS 212
Jazz Theory and Improvisation I Spring 2010
Division I
Cross-listed AFR 212 / MUS 212
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The theory and application of basic techniques in jazz improvisation including blues forms, swing, bebop, modally based composition, Afro-Cuban, etc. Appropriate for students with skill on their instrument and some basic theoretical knowledge. Knowledge of all key signatures, major/minor keys and modes, intervals, triads and basic seventh chords and their functions within keys. Students should be able to play and demonstrate these concepts on their instruments–competence on an instrument is essential (vocalists will be encouraged to study the piano). Pianists and guitarists should be able to sight read chords on a jazz lead sheet. Sight reading will be a regular part of our daily studies.
In addition to the development of skills, written work consists of assignments (e.g., harmonic analysis and exercises in transposition and transcription), a transcription project (e.g., of a recorded solo or a composition) and recital.
The Class: Format: alternates between lecture style exposition of theoretical topics and a master class where students will perform and be evaluated on pieces they arrange for a student group
Limit: 15
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on weekly homework, a midterm, a transcription project and the class performance, as well as improvement as measured in weekly class performance
Extra Info: may not be taken pass/fail
Prerequisites: Music 103 and/or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division I
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under MUS; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 212 Division II MUS 212 Division I

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