Course #: MUSI 1601, section 1. One credit
Semester: Spring 2019
Instructor: Earl MacDonald, Professor of Music & Director of Jazz Studies
Class meeting time: Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Room #: MUSB 109
Earl MacDonald’s Office: MUSB 207
Office Hours: Mondays, 10 – 11AM; Wednesdays, 12:05 – 1PM, and by appointment (room MUSB 207)
“The Jazz Theory Book,” by Mark Levine (optional)
Sher Music. ISBN 1-883217-04-0
A great jazz solo consists of: 1% magic & 99% stuff that is
explainable, analyzable, catergorizeable, doable.
– Mark Levine, jazz pianist/author
The intent of this jazz improv course is to focus on the “99% stuff”. By concentrating on elements of jazz theory, ear training, transcription, and playing, students will attain a solid foundation upon which to build as beginning jazz soloists.
Course material will include: chord symbol notation, chord/scale theory, basic chord progressions, song forms, rudimentary reharmonization, transcription & analysis of jazz solos, ear training (aural recognition of intervals, scales, chords and progressions), jazz terminology, the application of “licks”, bebop fundamentals, and other relevant topics.
Performance tests: 50%
Solo transcription(s) and performance project(s): 20%
Written quizzes: 30%
A: 94 – 100%
A-: 90 – 93%
B+: 86 – 89%
B: 82 – 85%
B-: 78 – 81%
C+: 74 – 77%
C: 70 – 73%
C-: 66 – 69%
D+: 62 – 65%
D: 58 – 61%
D-: 51 – 57%
F: 0 – 50%
*The course content, schedule and grading scheme are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.
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