JAZZ IMPROVISATION 331 AND 530

The course meets on Tuesdays at 8:50 for two hours and on Thursdays at 9:55 for one hour. The room number is 1321 in the Humanities bldg. Enrollment in the course requires consent of the instructor, usually through an audition and interview. There will an audition sign-up sheet on my office door during the third week of August with audition dates listed. A successful audition requires both adequate ear skills and notation reading, as well as a 12-bar blues improvisation.

Class content is divided between theory and practice. Students are expected to work with melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic theories from the jazz tradition and perform improvised music which reflects that tradition. The class will perform as a large unit as well as within small trios and quartets/quintets. Members will both compose new material as well as arrange standard compositions for their small groups.

The course is open to all musically qualified students but is a requirement for Jazz Studies majors and for DMA students minoring in Jazz Studies.

Dr. Joan Wildman