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The Jazz Studies major is offered in Composition or Performance. Requirements for the Jazz Studies major are described earlier in this catalog.
Private Study Courses in Jazz Studies (Performance)
Students may audition for secondary private study in jazz. Those qualified are placed on a faculty teaching schedule subject to the availability of space on that schedule. In some cases qualified students are assigned private secondary study in jazz piano or jazz saxophone with advanced students under the Supervised Student Teaching Program. Students may continue this study as long as they remain in good academic standing in the study, and as long as room on a teaching schedule is available.
Principal Private Applied Study (in piano, trumpet, bass, guitar,
trombone, drums, saxophone) PVST I-VIII 3-6 hours
Secondary Private Applied Study (in piano, trumpet, bass, guitar,
trombone, drums, saxophone) PVST I-VIII 2 hours

 

 

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Classroom Courses

(Also see Contemporary Music)
The following courses are offered for students interested in jazz performing, arranging, composing, and African-American music, as well as for students interested in a Jazz Studies major. Also included is a related cross-listed course in the Department of Musicology (MHST 290, 291) and African-American Studies (AAST 171, 172): Introduction to African-American Music.
100. Jazz Aural Skills 2 hours
A one-semester course in aural perception devoted to the study of rhythm, scales, melody, harmony, and forms idiomatic to jazz, through sight singing, dictation, and programmed instruction. May be taken concurrently with MUTH 101 (Aural Skills I). Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 25.
Sem 2 JAZZ-100-01 MW 3:30-4:20 Mr. Ferrazza
110. Jazz Keyboard 2 hours
Designed for musicians whose major instrument is other than piano. Content includes chord symbol interpretation, cycles, sequences, turnarounds, and elementary improvisational concepts. Prerequisites: piano proficiency, which may be satisfied either by successful completion of two semesters of APST 110-111 (Piano Class) or by audition for waiver. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 8.
Sem 2 JAZZ-110-01 TuTh 1:00-1:50 Staff
120, 121. Jazz Theory 3 hours
Designed to acquaint students with rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, and structural aspects of improvised music, including chord/scale relationships, common chord progressions, chord voicing and harmonization, chord substitution and reharmonizations, melodic transformation, and modal mixture and chromaticism. Emphasis will be placed on the development of analytical and writing skills within the context of such forms as the blues and song forms. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 25.
Sem 1 JAZZ-120-01 MWF 2:30-3:20 Mr. Ferrazza
Sem 2 JAZZ-121-01 MWF 2:30-3:20 Mr. Ferrazza
130, 131. Basic Arranging/Composition Techniques 2 hours
Designed to develop writing and arranging skills for various instrumental/vocal combinations. The course will include jazz chord symbology and terminology and basic voicings and scoring methods for brass, reeds, and rhythm instruments. Not intended for Jazz Composition majors. Alternates with Jazz 160, 161. Prerequisites: MUTH 132. JAZZ 130 is prerequisite to JAZZ 131. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 JAZZ-130-01 MW 2:30-3:45 Mr. Logan
Sem 1 JAZZ-131-01 MW 2:30-3:45 Mr. Logan
150, 151. Jazz Improvisation I, II 3 hours
A course in the technique and performance practice of jazz improvisation, covering the period 1935-60. The course includes historical investigation, transcriptions, aural analysis, rhythmic, harmonic and melodic technical studies, and repertoire development. Additional outside listening is required. Prerequisites: proficiency on a musical instrument; knowledge of scales, key signatures, intervals, and chords. Required ensemble affiliation. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Admission by audition. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 JAZZ-150-01 MWF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Dominguez
Sem 2 JAZZ-151-01 MWF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Dominguez
160, 161. Jazz Arranging/Composition Techniques 3 hours
A study of contemporary melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic practices. Emphasis on scoring for large and small ensembles, writing for strings, use of doubling instruments, electronic instruments, and their ensemble use. Prerequisites: Jazz 130, 131. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 JAZZ-160-01 MWF 2:30-3:20 Mr. Logan
Sem 2 JAZZ-161-01 MWF 2:30-3:20 Mr. Logan
250, 251. Advanced Jazz Improvisation III, IV 3 hours
A continuation of concepts introduced in JAZZ 150, 151 (Jazz Improvisation) and an introduction to more recent improvisational concepts such as absence of a pulse, panmeter, and polymeter. Prerequisites: JAZZ 150, 151 (Jazz Improvisation). Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 JAZZ-250-01 To be arranged Mr. Eubanks
Sem 2 JAZZ-251-01 To be arranged Mr. Eubanks
290, 291. Introduction to African-American Music 3 hours
CD
A one-year survey of musical styles and forms cultivated by African Americans. First semester includes West African music and West African continuity in the American, early African American instrumental-vocal forms, and the social implications of African-American music. Second semester includes later instrumental and vocal music (jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, gospel, soul, etc.) and important composers and performers of works in extended forms. Cross listed with AAST 171, 172, and MHST 290, 291. Enrollment Limit: 50.
Sem 1 JAZZ-290-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Logan
Sem 2 JAZZ-291-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Logan
380. Special Topic: The Jazz Avant Garde 2-3 hours
A study of post-bebop projections in American improvised music, beginning with the first sustained developments and reactions to metrically and harmonically confined styles. The course will focus on the philosophical bases of this music (the so-called: "new thing," avant-garde jazz, "creative music," etc.), the emergence of new forms, musical content (and the implications for newer improvisational resources and approaches), the changed (and the changing) contexts in which this music was/is performed, and important practitioners and their music. Prerequisites: JAZZ 291. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 20.
Sem 1 JAZZ-380-01 TuTh 1:30-2:45 Mr. Logan

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Jazz Ensemble

700. Jazz Ensemble--Large Group 1 hour
The ensemble performs a variety of large ensemble literature ranging from the music of Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington to the master composers of the present. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Admission by audition. Enrollment Limit: 22.
Sem 1 JAZZ-700-01 MWF 4:30-6:00 Mr. Logan
Sem 2 JAZZ-700-01 MWF 4:30-6:00 Mr. Logan
803. Jazz Ensemble--Small Group 1 hour
Groups of 4-9 players. Emphasis will be placed on the performance of a variety of literature and may include writing transcriptions, arrangements and compositions. Recommended to be taken concurrently with JAZZ 150, 151. Attendance at the Jazz Forums and 2 one-hour rehearsals (one with the faculty instructor) a week are required. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 25.
Sem 1 JAZZ-803-01 To be arranged Mr. Bandy
JAZZ-803-02 To be arranged Mr. Bandy
JAZZ-803-03 To be arranged Staff
JAZZ-803-04 To be arranged Staff
JAZZ-803-05 To be arranged Mr. Ferrazza
JAZZ-803-06 To be arranged Mr. Eubanks
JAZZ-803-07 To be arranged Mr. Dominguez
plus an additional two hours practice
Sem 2 JAZZ-803-01 To be arranged Mr. Bandy
JAZZ-803-02 To be arranged Mr. Bandy
JAZZ-803-03 To be arranged Staff
JAZZ-803-04 To be arranged Staff
JAZZ-803-05 To be arranged Mr. Ferrazza
JAZZ-803-06 To be arranged Mr. Eubanks
JAZZ-803-07 To be arranged Mr. Dominguez
plus an additional two hours practice

 

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Jazz Composition

Principal Private Jazz Composition Study PVST I-VIII 4 hours
Prospective students will be requested to submit scores for review by the Jazz Studies faculty before being admitted to Principal Private Jazz Composition Study. Students who have been admitted as Jazz Composition Majors register for COMP 102, 103 (Composition Class I, II) in their first year and follow the normal sequence of jazz composition courses.
Secondary Private Jazz Composition Study PVST I-VIII 2 hours
Secondary Private Jazz Composition Study is offered to qualified students subject to the availability of space on the schedule of the jazz composition instructor.

 

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