MUSI 208 - Jazz Theory and Improvisation (PF)
This course offers the study of basic jazz theory and its application in jazz improvisation. Topics include chord/scale relationships, musical line construction and development, jazz as a language, tension and release techniques, analysis of transcribed solos recorded by jazz masters, ear training, and jazz phrasing. Students play in class and practice outside of the classroom with pre-recorded rhythm section tracks. Theoretical material and several jazz compositions are memorized with students learning to play this material from memory on their instruments. Exams include written and performance segments. It is expected that enrolling students can read music and have played their instrument for at least three years. This course is open to wind, string, and keyboard musicians. (PF)
Major/Minor Restrictions: None
Class Restriction: None
Recommended: Previous completion of MUSI 203 is recommended.
Area of Inquiry: Human Thought and Expression
Liberal Arts CORE: None
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