Courses, Workshops, and Ensembles
Jazz Improvisation Workshop I
This class serves as an introduction to jazz improvisation. It is intended for incoming Jazz ensemble players who would like to develop as improvisers, or classical players who would like to explore improvisational techniques in a jazz framework.
Jazz Improvisation Workshop II
This class is structured as a continuation of Jazz Improvisation I. The goal is to gain mastery over all of the basic scales used in traditional jazz improvisation, and to attain the ability to improvise over basic two-five patterns and simple modal progressions. Prerequisite: Jazz Improvisation Workshop I or permission of the instructor.
Contemporary Composers Ensemble
Jazz Composition I–II
Jazz Arranging I
This composition class will focus on the various techniques used in jazz ensemble writing from trio to quintet ensembles with heavy emphasis on rhythm section arranging. Final projects will be recorded or performed live at the end of the semester. This is an advanced seminar class for moderated music majors. Prerequisites: Jazz Composition I and II or permission of the instructor.
Jazz Arranging II
The Freedom Principle I
The Freedom Principle II
The Freedom Principle III
The Freedom Principle IV
Jazz In Literature I
Jazz In Literature II
Jazz Harmony l
Jazz Harmony ll
This course includes acquisition of the basic skills that make up the foundation of all jazz styles. We will also study the jazz language from the bebop era up to the ’60s. This course fulfills a music theory requirement for music majors.
Bebop Masters l
Bebop Masters ll
American Popular Song
This performance-based course surveys the major American popular song composers of the Tin Pan Alley era, whose work forms the core of the jazz repertoire. Composers studied include Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, Ellington, Warren, and Rodgers. Students and the instructor perform the music studied in a workshop setting. Repertory subjects have also included John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and bebop masters. Prerequisite: Jazz Harmony II or permission of the instructor. This fulfills a music history requirement for music majors. Class size: 15
The Music of John Coltrane l
The Music of John Coltrane ll
Advanced Contemporary Jazz Techniques l
Advanced Contemporary Jazz Techniques ll
Advanced Contemporary Jazz Techniques lll
Advanced Contemporary Jazz Techniques lV
Jazz Vocal Workshop