Curriculum Guideline

Introduction to Jazz Theory I

Effective Date:
Course
Discontinued
No
Course Code
MUSC 2101
Descriptive
Introduction to Jazz Theory I
Department
Music
Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits
2.00
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
PLAR
No
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
15
Contact Hours
Lecture 2 Hours
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture and practical demonstrations.

Course Description
This course will introduce the student to the basic theory, concepts and practices of jazz music up to ca. 1945. The major musical trends that will be examined are: Dixieland, Swing, Blues, Tin Pan Alley and Broadway traditions.
Course Content

1) Resources and Vocabulary of Jazz

  • Notation conventions
  • Scales and Modes
  • Basic Chord Types
  • Sevenths, 9ths, 11ths, 13ths, Other
  • Standard Jazz Chord Symbols
  • Roman Numeral Chord Notation
  • Terminology


2)The Structure of Jazz

  • Rhythmic and Textural Structure
  • Jazz Rhythmic Interpretation
  • Phrasing and Melodic Structure
  • Forms
  •     32-Bar Forms
  •     ABAC
  •     Through-Composed
  •     Ternary
  •     Song Forms in Jazz
  • Charts


3)Standard Chord Progressions: Blues, “Rhythm Changes”, etc.

  • Traditional Blues
  • A Jazz Approach to Blues
  • “Rhythm” Changes, etc.
  • Contrafacts
  • Other


4)Functional Harmony in Jazz

  • Theory of Chord Progressions
  • Root Motion
  • Circle of Fifths Root Motion
  • Strong/Weak Alternation of Chords
  • Tensions and Chord Function
  • Non-Tonic Beginnings
  • Tritone Substitution
  • Line Clichés
  • Diminished- and Half-Diminished Seventh Chords
  • Borrowed Chords (Modal Interchange)
  • Secondary Functions
  • Tonicization and Modulation
  • Miscellaneous Harmonic Techniques



5)Listening to a broad range of representative repertoire

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. Perform a harmonic and formal analysis of a jazz standard.
  2. Compose a contrafact.
  3. Harmonize and/or re-harmonize a melody using the essential harmonic vocabulary and syntax of jazz.
  4. Compose original works in a variety of forms.
  5. Provide written answers to questions on any aspect of the course content.
  6. Aurally identify a variety of styles and techniques common in the standard repertoire.
Means of Assessment

Listening Tests (minimum of 2)                          10%

Quizzes (minimum of 2)                                    10%

Assignments (minimum of 6)                             30%

Midterm exam                                                  20%

Final exam                                                       20%

Class Work                                                       10%

                                                                     100%

Textbook Materials

The instructor may assign the most recent edition of a textbook such as:

Mulholland, J. and Hojnacki, T. The Berklee Book of Jazz Harmony,

Berklee Press, Boston.

Or

 Levine, Mark. The Jazz Theory Book, Sher Music Co.

Prerequisites

MUSC 1110 with a grade of B or better OR permission of the instructor.

Corequisites

None

Equivalencies

None

Which Prerequisite

None