Course: MUS311
Instructor: Ralph Bowen
S 2017

Description of Course Goals and Curriculum

An exploration of the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic principles of the bebop paradigm. The course includes analysis of representative works by various jazz masters and will place a strong emphasis on student projects in improvisation, transcription, analysis and composition. This class meets twice a week for 90 minutes each time. There are no precepts. The assignments for this course include a midterm and final exam, 5 short compositions, and a few transcriptions.

Learning From Classroom Instruction

You learn everything in class as there are no readings. You will learn about certain scales, chords progressions, etc. in jazz and practice writing them on the board, and playing them with various instruments.

Learning For and From Assignments

The exams require you to have some rudimentary ear training on various chord structures and musical modes. It also requires you to memorize various chord progressions and write them out. The transcriptions require you to write down what you hear, and the compositions require you to use what you've learned in a creative, new way.

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What Students Should Know About This Course For Purposes Of Course Selection

Only take this course if you have background in jazz and music theory!
Introduction to Jazz Theory through Improvisation and Composition

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