see Contemporary Music)
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.
Aural Skills 2 hours
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.
2 JAZZ-100-01 MW 3:30-4:20 Mr. Ferrazza
Keyboard 2 hours
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.
2 JAZZ-110-01 TuTh 1:00-1:50 Staff
121. Jazz Theory 3 hours
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.
1 JAZZ-120-01 MWF 2:30-3:20 Mr. Ferrazza
2 JAZZ-121-01 MWF 2:30-3:20 Mr. Ferrazza
131. Basic Arranging/Composition Techniques 2 hours
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.
1 JAZZ-130-01 MW 2:30-3:45 Mr. Logan
1 JAZZ-131-01 MW 2:30-3:45 Mr. Logan
151. Jazz Improvisation I, II 3 hours
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:
1 JAZZ-150-01 MWF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Dominguez
2 JAZZ-151-01 MWF 10:00-10:50 Mr. Dominguez
161. Jazz Arranging/Composition Techniques 3 hours
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.
1 JAZZ-160-01 MWF 2:30-3:20 Mr. Logan
2 JAZZ-161-01 MWF 2:30-3:20 Mr. Logan
251. Advanced Jazz Improvisation III, IV 3 hours
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.
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291. Introduction to African-American Music 3 hours
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.
1 JAZZ-290-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Logan
2 JAZZ-291-01 MWF 11:00-11:50 Mr. Logan
Topic: The Jazz Avant Garde 2-3 hours
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
1 JAZZ-380-01 TuTh 1:30-2:45 Mr. Logan