Explore beginning jazz theory through your instrument or voice in a class that demystifies the jazz language for classical and jazz players alike.
Fall Term: Beginner Jazz Theory & Improv
Whether you’re interested in joining a VSO jazz combo or simply want to learn more about jazz music and how to improvise, this is a great place to start. Topics include:
– the nature of improvising music
– standard jazz forms
– what is a “lead sheet”?
– what is “swing”?
– commonly used jazz rhythms and melody-based improvising.
Students are invited to bring their instruments. Basic music reading skills are required.
Winter Term: Intermediate Jazz Theory & Improv
This second jazz improv course dives deeper into jazz theory and how to improvise rhythmic jazz phrases. Subjects will include:
– the major and minor modes
– the 2-5-1 progression
– the blues
– “rhythm changes” form and chord analysis of jazz standards.
Spring Term: Intermediate Jazz Theory & Improv
Part 3 of Jazz Theory & Improv focuses on jazz “vocabulary” (ie the language/phrasing of jazz created by the masters) and how to access it through transcribing, analysis, and methodical practice. Finally, this vocabulary will be put into practice by the students on a few well known jazz standards.
Required materials: The Jazz Language by Dan Haerle