Jazz Improvisation Techniques 1

Course Number
PSIJ-221
Description

An ideal follow-up to PSIJ-211, this performance-centered class introduces basic skills essential to effective improvisation. Techniques covered include memorization procedure for song melody and harmony, listening skills, exercise design, pacing, chord tone soloing, tempo accuracy, swing rhythmic feel, melodic and rhythmic embellishment of song melody, and soloing with full rhythm section accompaniment. Development of effective practice skills. Music from various periods of jazz (swing, bop, postbop, contemporary) will be used for demonstration, practice, and performance activities. Classes are leveled and instrumentally balanced; students perform weekly.

Credits
2
Prerequisites
Overall ensemble rating 3
Required Of
None
Electable By
All B.M. and P.D. students
Major Elective for
Performance
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Location
Boston
Department
ENS
Course Chair
Sean Skeete
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