Jazz Studies

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2012-2013
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Courses offered by the Jazz Studies Department are listed below. Please check the Schedule of Classes for course offerings each semester. The letter "P" identifies prerequisites for the course listed.

Click here for jazz piano proficiency requirements for pianists and for non-pianists.

MUS  O311 - Fundamentals of Jazz Theory

P: T109 Rudiments of Music I with grade of C or higher or equivalent. C: O321 Jazz Improvisation 1. For jazz studies majors and minors only.  Jazz nomenclature, chord/scale relationships, harmony, tune forms, basic keyboard application, and ear training.

MUS  O316 - Jazz Arranging 1

Scoring for jazz instruments in various ensembles. Study of arrangers and arrangements in various styles to assimilate their characteristics; applications of these styles to original arrangements.

MUS  O317 - Jazz Arranging 2

P: O316 Jazz Arranging 1. More advanced arranging for various combinations of instruments in different styles.

MUS  O318 - Styles and Analysis of Jazz 1

Survey and analysis of jazz styles from ragtime and early jazz to swing and bebop. Repertoire, improvisation, instrumentation, role of instruments, major innovators and important groups. Includes transcription of jazz solos and their stylistic analysis.

MUS  O319 - Styles and Analysis of Jazz 2

P: O318 Styles and Analysis of Jazz 1. Survey and analysis of jazz styles from the cool school and hard bop to modal and contemporary styles. Continuation of O318 areas of focus. Includes transcription of jazz solos and their analysis.

MUS  O321 - Jazz Improvisation 1

Introduction to jazz improvisation. Chord/scale relationships, generic melodic patterns, standard harmonic patterns, tune learning. Jazz studies majors and minors only: Corequisite O311 Fundamentals of Jazz Theory (1 cr.).

MUS  O322 - Jazz Improvisation 2

Theory and technique of Bebop. Theory and techniques of jazz improvisation with an emphasis on the vocabulary, style, and repertoire of the jazz common practice period (ca. 1940-1955).

MUS  O323 - Jazz Improvisation 3

Modern concepts since 1955. Theory and techniques of jazz improvisation with an emphasis on the vocabulary, style, and repertoire of jazz since 1958.

MUS  O324 - Jazz Improvisation 4

Tune learning. Various approaches to facilitate learning jazz tunes in blues, rhythm, and standards categories among others. Study of commonalities and differences among tunes.

MUS  O325 - Rhythm Section Literature and Performance Practice

Jazz, Latin, and Rock repertory studied in light of historical rhythm section performance as well as modern applications. Historical, cultural, and conceptual aspects in the development of important rhythm section styles from the United States, Latin America, Cuba, the Caribbean, and Africa. May be taken more than once, for a maximum of 8 credits.

MUS  O330 - American Popular Song Performance

P: O311 Fundamentals of Jazz Theory and O321 Jazz Improvisation 1. Exploration of the Great American Songbook through compositions by Gershwin, Ellington, Porter, Carmichael, Kern, Berlin and more contemporary composers such as Stevie Wonder to Billy Joel. Performance practices including working with a rhythm section, microphone technique, and development of vocal styles.

MUS  O400 - Jazz Performance

P: Consent of instructor. Open to undergraduate jazz majors. Individual instruction in jazz performance.

MUS  O450 - Jazz Chamber Ensemble

MUS  O511 - Fundamentals of Jazz Theory

C: O521 Jazz Improvisation 1. For jazz studies majors and minors only or with permission of instructor.  Jazz nomenclature, chord/scale relationships, harmony, tune forms, basic keyboard application, and ear training.

MUS  O512 - Jazz Composition

Advanced study of problems of different styles of composition in the jazz idiom.

MUS  O516 - Jazz Arranging 1

P: Consent of instructor. Scoring for jazz instruments in various ensembles.

MUS  O517 - Jazz Arranging 2

P: Consent of instructor. Arranging for various combinations of instruments in different jazz styles.

MUS  O521 - Jazz Improvisation 1

Introduction to jazz improvisation. Chord/scale relationships, generic melodic patterns, standard harmonic patterns, tune learning.

MUS  O522 - Jazz Improvisation 2

Theory and technique of Bebop. Theory and techniques of jazz improvisation with an emphasis on the vocabulary, style, and repertoire of the jazz common practice period (ca. 1940-1955).

MUS  O523 - Jazz Improvisation 3

Modern concepts since 1955. Theory and techniques of jazz improvisation with an emphasis on the vocabulary, style, and repertoire of jazz since 1958.

MUS  O524 - Jazz Improvisation 4

Tune learning. Various approaches to facilitate learning jazz tunes in blues, rhythm, and standards categories among others. Study of commonalities and differences among tunes.

MUS  O525 - Rhythm Section Literature and Performance Practice

P: Permission of instructor. Jazz, Latin and Rock repertory studied in light of historical rhythm section performance as well as modern applications. Issues of performance, arranging, composition, instrumentation and output of various important jazz composers, arrangers, and performers. Open to jazz majors.

MUS  O530 - American Popular Song Performance

P: O511 Fundamentals of Jazz Theory and O521 Jazz Improvisation 1. Exploration of the Great American Songbook through compositions by Gershwin, Ellington, Porter, Carmichael, Kern, Berlin and more contemporary composers such as Stevie Wonder to Billy Joel. Performance practices including working with a rhythm section, microphone technique, and development of vocal styles.

MUS  O550 - Jazz Chamber Ensemble

MUS  O800 - Jazz Performance

P: Consent of instructor. Open to graduate jazz majors. Individual instruction in jazz performance.

MUS  E470 - Pedagogy of Jazz

Techniques and methods of teaching jazz studies, including the training of jazz bands.

MUS  E570 - Pedagogy of Jazz

Techniques and methods of teaching jazz studies.

MUS  I408 - Jazz Senior Recital

MUS  M393 - History of Jazz

Periods, major performers and composers, trends, influences, stylistic features, and related materials. For music majors only.

MUS  M395 - Contemporary Jazz and Soul Music

A survey of contemporary jazz and soul (rhythm and blues) music and musicians in the United States. For music majors only.

MUS  M583 - Duke Ellington

P: Consent of instructor. An in-depth study of the life, times, and music of Duke Ellington.

MUS  M584 - Research in the History and Analysis of Jazz

P: Consent of instructor. Individual research in the analysis, history, music theory, or literature of jazz schools, styles, performers, and instrumental idioms. For advanced students.

MUS  M591 - Jazz History 1: Origins through 1949

Historical and musical analysis of the core repertoire, seminal performers and composers, musical characteristics, and important recordings of all major jazz styles, origins to 1949.

MUS  M592 - Jazz History 2: 1950-1969

Historical and musical analysis of the core repertoire, seminal performers and composers, musical characteristics, and important recordings of all major jazz styles, 1950-1969.

MUS  M593 - Jaz History 3: 1970-present

Historical and musical analysis of the core repertoire, seminal performers and composers, musical characteristics, and important recordings of all major jazz styles since 1970.

MUS  M594 - Big Band Jazz

P: Consent of instructor. The study of classic big band literature (Ellington, Basie, Kenton, Herman, etc.).

MUS  P201 - Jazz Piano Class 1

P: P121 Piano Class 2, Music Majors. Development of basic jazz keyboard skills and techniques for the non-piano jazz major, non-jazz piano major and non-music major. Basic voicings for common harmonic formulae used in jazz; chord/scale relationships; simple rhythmic comping patterns.

MUS  P202 - Jazz Piano Class 2

P: P201 Jazz Piano Class 1. More advanced voicings; substitutions; comping patterns.