SRJC Course Outlines

9/16/2019 12:25:35 AMMUSC 5B Course Outline as of Fall 2016

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  MUSC 5BTitle:  JAZZ IMPROVISATION 2  
Full Title:  Jazz Improvisation 2
Last Reviewed:2/24/2014

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  MUS 5.1B

Catalog Description:
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This course provides instrumental students with the tools and techniques for jazz improvisation that enable them to progress toward an intermediate level.  Analysis of harmonic and melodic materials, extensive listening, and performance exercises will assist the student in his/her development as an improvisor.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Completion of MUSC 5A


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course provides instrumental students with the tools and techniques for jazz improvisation that enable them to progress toward an intermediate level.  Analysis of harmonic and melodic materials, extensive listening, and performance exercises will assist the student in his/her development as an improvisor.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of MUSC 5A
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Upon completion of this course students will be able to improvise on standard jazz repertoire in a jazz combo setting utilizing standard harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic procedures.
 

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Perform the scales, modes, and arpeggios used in jazz improvisation in all keys and in
various meters.
2. Analyze jazz chord progressions, identifying appropriate scales, arpeggios, and/or melodic
patterns for improvisation.
3. Construct stylistically appropriate jazz lines from previously analyzed examples.
4. Compare and contrast styles of improvisation from recorded examples.
5. Evaluate harmonic and melodic development as it relates to style.

Topics and Scope
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   I. Use of "guide tones" that define chord progressions
  II. Stylistically appropriate use of rhythm
 III. The II-V-I progression
      A. II-V-I arpeggios
       B. Effective scales for II-V-I progressions
 IV. 32-bar AABA form: "Rhythm Changes"
  V. Minor keys and the minor blues
 VI. Other scales and techniques
      A. The whole-tone scale
      B. The Lydian dominant scale
      C. Practice of scales in odd meters
 VII. Critical study of recorded examples of prominent early jazz artists, such
      as Armstrong, Hawkins, and Young
VIII. Combo performance and rhythm section techniques
      A. Bass lines
      B. Comping: voicings for piano and guitar
      C. The role of the drummer
      D. "Trading fours" and other ensemble techniques
 IX. Performance and improvisation upon standard jazz repertoire

Assignments:
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1. Most class sessions consist of drills in all keys, scale patterns, arpeggio exercises, ear training (through instrumental "call and response"), and improvisational exercises based on pieces from the standard jazz repertoire.
2. Approximately every two weeks the entire class session will be devoted to a performance of the tune(s) we have been working on. Students will solo on each tune to the best of their ability and rhythm section players should demonstrate good comping skills. These performances are considered tests and are graded accordingly.
3. The final exam is an in-class performance.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
70 - 80%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
None
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
20 - 30%
Attendance and class participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Aebersold, Jamey. A New Approach to Jazz Improvisation, Volume 54: Maiden Voyage. CD and text: 1992.  (Classic text)
 
The Real Book, 6th edition. Hal Leonard Publishing: 2005. (Classic text)
 
Instructor prepared materials.

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