Jazz Improvisation 2
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Butler Community College 
Roger Lewis
Humanities/Fine Arts Division
Fall 1997
Course Outline
JAZZ IMPROVISATION II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
MU 249. Jazz Improvisation II. 2 hours credit. Prerequisite: MU 149. A continuation of MU 149.

TEXTBOOK:
Grove, Dick. The Encyclopedia of Basic Harmony and Theory Applied to Improvisation On All Instruments, Vol. I and Vol. II. Sherman Oaks: Alfred Publishing Company Inc, 1985.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
The primary objective of Jazz Improvisation is to establish an understanding of the basic techniques of scales, chords, rhythms, and styles used in jazz. At the completion of this course the student should demonstrate the following skills:

  1. To play and sing major, minor, modal, whole tone, diminished, dominant, blues, and chromatic scales in all keys, incorporating various rhythm patterns.
  2. To demonstrate a comprehension of the basic jazz terminology and an ability to verbalize stylistic interpretations of jazz rhythms and phrases.
  3. To sing and play three, four, and five part chords in unaltered and altered forms, incorporating various rhythm patterns.
  4. To demonstrate an understanding of chord and scale relationships.
  5. To identify and discuss the playing styles of various periods and individuals in the evolution of the jazz idiom.
  6. To sing and play given jazz tunes by memory and improvise over the chord changes.
  7. To transcribe, play, and sing given recorded jazz tunes and improvised solos.
  8. To play written and improvised jazz in a stylistically appropriate way.
  9. To demonstrate ability to play and improvise on tunes in basic styles (modal, blues, ballad, medium and up tempo swing, Latin, and jazz-rock).
TOPICAL OUTLINE OF UNITS:
  1. Five, Six, and Seven Part Chords
  2. Chord and Scale Relation-Ships
  3. Introduction to Jazz and Rock Rhythm Patterns.
  4. Introduction to Various Jazz Styles (to be integrated through out course)
  5. Transcriptions and performance
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION:
Methods of class instruction may include lecture; class discussion; written assignments; singing/playing assignments; library projects and reports; audio-visual aids; handouts; attending live concert performances.

Telecourses: Independent study of audio/video materials augmented by text and study guide; collaboration and participation with class members and faculty via available means. Faculty role is facilitator of learning experiences.

Miscellaneous:
Students with impaired sensory, manual or speaking skills are encouraged and have the responsibility to contact their instructor, in a timely fashion, regarding reasonable accommodation needs.

METHODS OF EVALUATION:
Methods of evaluation may include: written, aural, and playing tests; class assignments; class participation; reports; attendance; and other methods of evaluation at the discretion of the instructor.

OUTLINE REVISION:
The forgoing is a working outline and will be revised as deemed necessary by the instructor.