Mus 235  Jazz improvisation I – Fall 2006

 

Prerequisite: Mus 112, Mus136 or consent of the instructor

Instructor : Jerald  Shynett

Office : CAB1040        Phone: 962-7728

Office hours : M-F 8:00-8:50 by appointment only

E-mail shynettj@uncw.edu

 

Grading:

 

Assignments               20%

Written Tests               20%

Playing Tests               20%

Final                            20%

Transcription               20 %

 

Description: Performance oriented course which explores a variety of methods which will aid the student in gaining a better understanding of the art improvisation. 

 

Objectives:

 

1. To gain a basic understanding of the jazz language through analysis and performance

 

2. To construct an improvised solo over common progressions

 

3. To build a strong foundation in theory and tune learning

 

Attendance:  Students are required to be present at all regular class meetings and exams.

Any unexcused absence over three will result in the dropping of a letter grade off your final grade for the course 

 

Course Schedule:

 

Topic 1 Jazz Theory Fundamentals: triads, seventh chords, modes, functional harmony, etc.

 

Topic 2 Common progressions: group 1 voicings

 

Topic 3 The blues progression: group 2 voicings

 

Topic 4 Blues with alterations group 3 voicings

 

Topic 5 ŇAll the Things You AreÓ, group 4 voicings