Jazz Courses

 

Participation in Classes

Jazz courses and individual studio lesson are open to music majors, non-music majors, and continuing education students, but often have prerequisites and/or corequisites that must be met (see individual course descriptions).   Class size limits may restrict enrollment with preference given to jazz studies majors, followed by music majors, full-time students, and continuing education students.

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Undergraduate Jazz Core Curriculum

Jazz Performance Labs (JPL) I, II, & III
Jazz Theory
Jazz Improvisation I & II
Functional Jazz Piano I & II
Jazz Studio Instruction:
.        Jazz Saxophone
.        Jazz Trumpet
.        Jazz Trombone
.        Jazz Guitar
.        Jazz Piano
.        Jazz Bass
.        Jazz Drum Set
Jazz Reading & Conference

Upper Division and Graduate Level Courses in Jazz

History of Jazz 1900 – 1950
History of Jazz 1940 to Present
Jazz Repertoire I, II, III
Jazz Arranging I, II, III
Advanced Jazz Repertoire I, II, III
Advanced Jazz Arranging I, II, III
Jazz Pedagogy and Practicum
Jazz Program Planning and Development
Survey of Jazz Composition/Arranging
Jazz Studio Instruction:
.        Jazz Saxophone
.        Jazz Trumpet
.        Jazz Trombone
.        Jazz Guitar
.        Jazz Piano
.        Jazz Bass
.        Jazz Drum Set
Jazz Reading & Conference

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Undergraduate Jazz Core Curriculum
(The following are lower division courses which must be completed prior to advancement to full major status.)

Jazz Studio Instruction
MUP numbers may be found by instrument and by level of study.
2:00 – 2:50 TH Mandatory Master Class Meeting
(Instructors: Tyler Abbott, Mike Denny, Gary Hobbs, Paul Krueger, Steve Owen, Idit Shner)

Individual lessons in jazz performance practice are available to students who have been admitted by audition into the jazz studies program or by instructor consent.  12 credits of jazz studio instruction are required of undergraduate jazz studies majors.

Jazz Performance Labs (JPL) I, II, & III
MUJ 180, 181, 182
11:00 – 11:50 T, TH
Steve Owen, instructor
Note:   MUJ 180 is the first class in a course sequences that begins each Fall term.

The Jazz Performance Lab is a three-term course sequence in jazz performance practice.   A primer for advanced work in jazz improvisation, composition, and arranging, the JPL combines performance on each student’s instrument with theory, ear-training, piano, and improvisation methods.   This course is required for freshman majoring in jazz studies and highly recommended for other students who wish to “get their feet wet” and learn the basics of improvisation.

Jazz Theory
MUJ 270
11:00 – 11:50 M, W
Mike Denny, instructor
Note:   Offered Fall term only.   A prerequisite for both Jazz Improvisation I & II and Functional Jazz Piano I & II.

An examination of harmony in jazz, this course includes study of chord symbols, chord voicing practices,   chord progressions, analysis, reharmonization practices, scale/chord relationships, and bass line construction as applied to common jazz composition, arranging, and improvisation practice.

Functional Jazz Piano I & II
MUJ 271, 272
9:00 – 9:50 T, Th
Toby Koenigsberg, instructor
Note:   This course sequence begins in Winter term.

For both jazz pianists and non-pianists, the goal of this class is to become familiar with a variety of common voicing techniques through practical application, including (but not limited to): 1) left-hand bass w/ 3rd or 6th/7th voicings (with and without melody), 2)   2-note critical tone voicings (with roots and rootless) (with and without melody), 3) 3-note left hand voicings, 4)   4-part drop 2 block voicings, 5) triads/7th chords superimposed over   2-note critical tone voicings

Jazz Improvisation I & II
MUJ 273, 274
11:00 – 11:50 M, W
Mike Denny, instructor
Note:   This course sequence begins in Winter term.

A study of improvisational methods through task-oriented performance of selected jazz repertoire. The goal of this class is to introduce concepts and practice methods used by jazz artists to gain improvisation skills and to apply them to your own practice and performance over selected jazz repertoire.

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Upper Division and Graduate Level Courses in Jazz

Jazz Studio Instruction
MUP numbers may be found by instrument and by level of study.
2:00 – 2:50 TH Mandatory Master Class Meeting

Individual lessons in jazz performance practice are available to students who have been admitted by audition into the jazz studies program or by instructor consent.

History of Jazz 1900 – 1950
MUJ 350
2:00 – 3:50 M, W
Paul Krueger, instructor

History, biography, multiculturalism, and racism in early jazz and swing through modern jazz.   Includes Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis.

History of Jazz 1940 to Present
MUJ 351
1:00 – 2:50 T, TH
Paul Krueger, instructor

History, biography, multiculturalism, and racism in modern jazz and free jazz to the present.   Includes   Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman.

Jazz Repertoire I, II, III
MUJ 474/574, 475/575, 476/576
9:00 – 9:50 M, W
Steve Owen, instructor
Note: Open only to students who have passed the Sophomore Performance Barrier Exam in jazz or (in special circumstances) by instructor’s consent.   This course sequence begins each Fall term.

This class is designed for intermediate to advanced level improvisers continuing to develop concepts and practice methods for improvisation as applied to selected jazz repertoire.   Self-generated practice routines are developed and refined by each student in consultation with the instructor.   Solo transcription/analysis is a significant component of the class and used to examine and assimilate artists methodology.   Students build a base of songs from which continued improvisation study is made more accessible.

Jazz Arranging I, II, III
MUJ 480/580, 481/581, 482/582
11:00 – 11:50 M, W
Toby Koenigsberg, instructor
Note:   Open only to students who have passed the Sophomore Performance Barrier Exam in jazz or (in special circumstances) by instructor’s consent.   This course sequence begins each Fall term.

The course studies basic arranging and composition skills used in the jazz idiom through task-oriented assignments for large and small jazz ensembles.   Included are discussions of reharmonization, instrumentation/orchestration, one to five part density, and various voicing techniques as well as common formal constructs.   All assignments and pieces are performed and recorded for student feedback and analysis.

Advanced Jazz Repertoire I, II, III
MUJ 477/577, 478/578, 479/579
10:00 – 10:50 M, W
Toby Koenigsberg, instructor
Note:   Open only to students who have passed the Junior Performance Barrier Exam in jazz or (in special circumstances) by instructor’s consent.   This course sequence begins each Fall term.

This class, for advanced improvisers, examines major style periods in jazz and the improvisational techniques employed by artists of each era.   Students are asked to perform representative repertoire employing characteristic vocabulary and techniques.

Advanced Jazz Arranging I, II, III
MUJ 483/583, 484/584, 485/585
11:00 – 11:50 M, W
Paul Krueger, instructor
Note:   Open only to students who have completed Jazz Arranging I, II, III course sequence or (in special circumstances) by instructor’s consent.   This course sequence begins each Fall term.

Students continue to develop arranging/composition craft through works written for large and small jazz ensembles.    Famous jazz composers writing styles are examined for significant characteristics.   Topics include: tailoring pieces to instrumentalists of beginning through advanced skill levels, motivic and formal development in extended pieces, and honing a personal writing process that maximizes your artistic efforts.

Jazz Pedagogy and Practicum
MUE 639
10:00 – 10:50 T, Th
Paul Krueger, instructor
Note: Offered Fall term only.

The goal of this class is to become familiar with methods and resources available for teaching jazz at both the secondary and collegiate level.   Topics include teaching jazz history, theory, composition/arranging and improvisation; and working with small and large ensembles (with emphasis on rhythm sections).

Jazz Program Planning and Development
MUJ 661
10:00 – 10:50 T, Th
Steve Owen, instructor
Note: Offered Winter term only.

In this class students become familiar with information and resources needed to successfully design and maintain a jazz program.   Topics will include: Program Justification, Finding Your Program’s Niche, Setting and Meeting Program Goals, Curriculum Design and Implementation, Jazz Program Needs, Creating Budgets, Typical Sources of Revenue, Creating a Curriculum Vitae and Personal Promotional Materials

Survey of Jazz Composition
MUJ 660
TBA
Steve Owen, instructor
Note: Offered Spring term, odd years only.

Jazz composition and arranging from 1900 to the present.   Examines the evolution of jazz composition and arranging through the study of major artists and style periods.

Jazz Reading and Conference
MUJ 405/605
TBA

Individualized study on topics beyond courses offered.  By arrangement with individual faculty.