MUS 104
Jazz Theory and Improvisation I Spring 2022
Division I
Cross-listed AFR 212
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The theory and application of basic techniques in jazz improvisation and performance styles, including blues forms, swing, bebop, modally based composition etc. Appropriate for students with basic skill on their instrument and some theoretical knowledge including all key signatures, major/minor keys and modes, intervals, triads and basic seventh chords and their functions within keys. This is a performance practice course and instrumental competence is essential. Vocalists and drummers will be encouraged to study the piano; pianists guitarists and bassists should be able to sight read chords on a jazz lead sheet.
The Class: Format: seminar/laboratory; alternates between lecture style exposition of theoretical topics and a master class where students will perform and be evaluated on assigned repertoire
Limit: 15
Expected: 12
Class#: 3695
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly assignments,(e.g., harmonic analysis and exercises in transposition and transcription), a midterm, a transcription project and the end of semester concert, as well as improvement as measured in weekly class performance
Prerequisites: MUS 103 and/or permission of instructor; musical literacy required as per above description; private study on student's individual instruction strongly encouraged
Enrollment Preferences: prospective Music majors, then Jazz Ensemble members, then Music majors
Unit Notes: this course will share aural skills labs with MUS 104a; students considering taking this course should consult the lab times and plan their schedules accordingly
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
MUS 104 Division I AFR 212 Division II
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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