MUS 212(F) Jazz Theory and Improvisation I

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 very little specific experience in jazz as well as more experienced students. Knowledge of all key signatures, major/minor keys and modes, intervals, triads and basic seventh chords (including inversions) and their functions within keys, and competence on an instrument is essential. Alternates between lecture style exposition of theoretical topics and their specific applications in an informal performance/rehearsal setting. In addition to the development of skills, written work consists of assignments (e.g. harmonic analysis and realization as well as exercise in transposition and transcription) and a final project (e.g. transcription of a recorded solo or a composition). Evaluation will be based on quizzes, a final exam, a final project and performance, as well as improvement as measured in weekly class performance and studios if appropriate. Cannot be taken pass/fail. Prerequisite: Music 103 or permission of the instructor. Music 104 strongly recommended.