Through class participation, students will develop their technical and aural ability beyond the blues, modes and basic chord/scale theory to include 32 bar song form (standards).
Students may participate on either their primary or secondary instrument. Drummers will play either a mallet instrument (vibraphone) or percussion in addition to drums.
This course is the continuation of MUSC 1114 Contemporary Instrumental Improvisation I, and some limited experience in improvisation is expected.
- Understanding 32-bar song and other extended/experimental forms
- Using lead sheets
- Playing a melody and adding personal variation
- Knowing the harmony and associated scales
- Assimilating more complex jazz rhythms
- Developing a rhythmic flow based on chord/scales
- Developing individual jazz phrasing
- Organizing an improvised solo
- Studying the masters
- Transcribing solos
- Interacting in the group setting
- Comping (improvised accompaniment for guitarists and pianists)
The successful student will be able to:
- Perform a basic solo over a 32-bar jazz standard song. Examples are (but not limited to), "Oleo", "A Night in Tunisia", "Take the A Train"
- Read chord changes as found in many jazz standards using the proper chord/scale combinations.
- Understand II-V-I chord progressions in selected key signatures as set out by the instructor
- Apply knowledge of the basic jazz standard song formats (AABA, ABAB, ABAC and others) as studied in class
- Demonstrate understanding of selected standard song melodies as studied in class
- Express some individual phrasing ideas during a solo
Class participation up to the mid-term: 15%
Class participation from the mid-term to the end of the course: 15%
Solo improvisation - tested at the end of the course: 30%
Written Exams (mid-term and final): 20%
Transcription projects (2 minimum): 20%
The instructor may assign a text book such as: Creative Jazz Improvisation by Scott Reeves (Prentice Hall), or A Guide to Jazz Improvisation by John la Porta (Berklee Press) – students will purchase the version that applies to their instrument.
Registration in one of the following MUSC courses: 1150, 1250, 2350, 2450, 1152, 1252, 2352, 2452, 1153, 1253, 2353, 2453