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
Written Tests 20%
Playing Tests 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.
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
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