AFR 212
Jazz Theory and Improvisation I Spring 2018
Division II
Cross-listed MUS 104
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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, 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 and drummers will be encouraged to study the piano). Pianists and guitarists should be able to sight read chords on a jazz lead sheet.
The Class: Format: 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#: 3707
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on 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
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Extra Info 2: this course will share aural skills labs with MUS 104a; students considering taking this course should consult the lab times shown below and plan their schedules accordingly
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
Distributions: Division II
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 104 Division I
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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