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MUSA 3114 Jazz Harmony, Improvisation, and Arranging (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This music theory course will focus on the study of chord structures, chord substitutions, chord scales, composition, and improvisation as they have been codified by contemporary jazz musicians. The technical innovations in the music of Sonny Rollins, Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis will be analyzed and discussed. Special attention will be placed on learning how to improvise on the great standards of the jazz repertory. Additional studies will include the following: piano lead sheet arrangements; ii-V-I keyboard harmony, re-harmonization, and composing original tunes based on chord structures of standards by Berlin, Kern, Gershwin; rhythm changes; and the blues.


Instructor(s): Thomas Oboe Lee

Prerequisites: Must have successfully completed MUSA3100

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Comments: Theory course -- students should have basic keyboard skills, but it is not essential.


Last Updated: 10-Jun-16