Jazz Studies

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Courses offered by the Jazz Studies Department are listed below. Please check the Schedule of Classes for course offerings each semester. The letter "P" identifies prerequisites for the course listed.

Click here for jazz piano proficiency requirements for pianists and for non-pianists.

MUS  E470 - Pedagogy of Jazz

For Jazz majors and minors only. Techniques and methods of teaching jazz studies, including the training of jazz bands. Intended for students who have successfully completed the upper-division examination.

MUS  E570 - Pedagogy of Jazz

Techniques and methods of teaching jazz studies.

MUS  I408 - Jazz Senior Recital

MUS  M393 - History of Jazz

This course is an exploration of the history of jazz with an examination of its roots, important genres and styles, historic recordings, key figures, and related materials. For music majors only.

MUS  M395 - Contemporary Jazz and Soul Music

A survey of contemporary jazz and soul (rhythm and blues) music and musicians in the United States. For music majors only.

MUS  M584 - Research in the History and Analysis of Jazz

Individual research in the analysis, history, music theory, or literature of jazz schools, styles, performers, and instrumental idioms. For advanced students.

MUS  M591 - Jazz History 1: Origins through 1949

Historical and musical analysis of the core repertoire, seminal performers and composers, musical characteristics, and important recordings of all major jazz styles, origins to 1949.

MUS  M592 - Jazz History 2: 1950-1969

Historical and musical analysis of the core repertoire, seminal performers and composers, musical characteristics, and important recordings of all major jazz styles, 1950-1969.

MUS  M593 - Jazz History 3: 1970-present

Historical and musical analysis of the core repertoire, seminal performers and composers, musical characteristics, and important recordings of all major jazz styles since 1970.

MUS  M594 - Big Band Jazz

The study of classic big band literature (Ellington, Basie, Kenton, Herman, etc.).

MUS  O311 - Fundamentals of Jazz Theory

Jazz nomenclature, chord/scale relationships, harmony, tune forms, basic keyboard application, and ear training.

MUS  O316 - Jazz Arranging 1

Scoring for jazz instruments in various ensembles. Study of arrangers and arrangements in various styles to assimilate their characteristics; applications of these styles to original arrangements.

MUS  O317 - Jazz Arranging 2

More advanced arranging for various combinations of instruments in different styles.

MUS  O318 - Styles and Analysis of Jazz 1

Survey and analysis of jazz styles from ragtime and early jazz to swing and bebop. Repertoire, improvisation, instrumentation, role of instruments, major innovators and important groups. Includes transcription of jazz solos and their stylistic analysis.

MUS  O319 - Styles and Analysis of Jazz 2

Survey and analysis of jazz styles from the cool school and hard bop to modal and contemporary styles. Continuation of O318 areas of focus. Includes transcription of jazz solos and their analysis.

MUS  O321 - Jazz Improvisation 1

Introduction to jazz improvisation. Chord/scale relationships, generic melodic patterns, standard harmonic patterns, tune learning.

MUS  O322 - Jazz Improvisation 2

Theory and technique of Bebop. Theory and techniques of jazz improvisation with an emphasis on the vocabulary, style, and repertoire of the jazz common practice period (ca. 1940-1955).

MUS  O323 - Jazz Improvisation 3

Jazz rhythmic techniques: rhythmic techniques in various Latin Jazz styles and other contemporary jazz rhythmic practices such as note grouping, odd meters, and metric modulation.

MUS  O324 - Jazz Improvisation 4

Modern concepts since 1955. Theory and techniques of jazz improvisation with an emphasis on the vocabulary, style, and repertoire of jazz since 1958.

MUS  O450 - Jazz Chamber Ensemble

MUS  O511 - Fundamentals of Jazz Theory

Jazz nomenclature, chord/scale relationships, harmony, tune forms, basic keyboard application, and ear training.

MUS  O512 - Jazz Composition

Advanced study of problems of different styles of composition in the jazz idiom.

MUS  O516 - Jazz Arranging 1

Scoring for jazz instruments in various ensembles.

MUS  O517 - Jazz Arranging 2

Arranging for various combinations of instruments in different jazz styles.

MUS  O521 - Jazz Improvisation 1

Introduction to jazz improvisation. Chord/scale relationships, generic melodic patterns, standard harmonic patterns, tune learning.

MUS  O522 - Jazz Improvisation 2

Theory and technique of Bebop. Theory and techniques of jazz improvisation with an emphasis on the vocabulary, style, and repertoire of the jazz common practice period (ca. 1940-1955).

MUS  O523 - Jazz Improvisation 3

Jazz rhythmic techniques: rhythmic techniques in various Latin Jazz styles and other contemporary jazz rhythmic practices such as note grouping, odd meters, and metric modulation.

MUS  O524 - Jazz Improvisation 4

Modern concepts since 1955. Theory and techniques of jazz improvisation with an emphasis on the vocabulary, style, and repertoire of jazz since 1958.

MUS  O550 - Jazz Chamber Ensemble

MUS  P201 - Jazz Piano Class 1

Development of basic jazz keyboard skills and techniques for the non-piano jazz major, non-jazz piano major, and non-music major. Basic voicings for common harmonic formulae used in jazz, chord/scale relationships, and simple rhythmic comping patterns.

MUS  P202 - Jazz Piano Class 2

More advanced voicings; substitutions; comping patterns.