MUS 207
Jazz Improvisation Spring 2020
Division I

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This class is for the intermediate and advanced player with {some} experience improvising. The goal is to build on each student¿s existing improvisational abilities, and the coursework will be somewhat tailored to the needs of the students enrolled. Students will study intermediate and advanced concepts for improvisation and learn the essentials of the jazz language through solo transcription and analysis. There will be time spent learning important jazz compositions and a focus on using improvisational devices and techniques learned in class on these compositions. Much of class time will be spent playing through exercises and patterns, playing ideas in twelve keys and implementing the learned class material into solos over standard jazz compositions.
The Class: Format: seminar; combining theory and performance
Limit: 19
Expected: 12
Class#: 4038
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: completion of two to three solo transcription assignments, composition assignments, and short quizzes
Prerequisites: some experience improvising in jazz contexts on a pitched instrument, a basic understanding of jazz nomenclature
Enrollment Preferences: Music majors and Jazz Ensemble members
Distributions: Division I

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