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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2019-20

MUS 32 Improvisation

"Improvisation" describes a wide variety of musical practices around the world through which musicians at least partially extemporize a musical performance. This course aims to develop skills in improvisatory music-making both through practical experimentation and exercises, and by analyzing approaches to improvisation in selected musical styles, traditions, and works, with a focus on pieces by contemporary composers and avant-garde free improvisation. For a final project, students will prepare and present a concert of improvised works. In 15S, the course will focus on jazz improvisation.  This course will present the essential elements of the "jazz vocabulary" to instrumentalists and vocalists.  This vocabulary consists of the common melodic phrases, rhythms, harmonies and timbres that are employed by jazz musicians. Students will learn to use this language by applying to a wide variety of compositions from the standard jazz repertoire.  Listening to jazz recordings, watching jazz videos, ear training, studying and playing transcriptions of improvised solos, in-class rehearsal and performance, and individual practice will be the focus of this course. The development of the student's creativity will also be an integral part of the work in this class.




MUS 1 or exemption from MUS 1.

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:ART; WCult:W

The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.


20W: 2