Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Course: MUSC 3306
Title: Jazz Improvisation I
Description: This course is the first in a two semester sequence designed to teach musicians the basics of jazz improvisation, especially with regards to the performance and understanding of historical jazz vocabulary, chord/scale relationships, rhythmic interaction within the ensemble, stylistic concepts of melodic interpretation, and the rhythmic invention of scales. Exercises will include performing required scales in a variety of rhythms, performing major and minor ii-V-I jazz vocabulary licks in all twelve keys, performing required jazz standards by memory, and transcribing and performing several historical jazz solos, written out and memorized. This course is required for instrumental performance majors in the Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music degree program.