MUSI2024 Jazz Theory
This module focuses on common jazz harmony as used by jazz musicians and improvisers. It also explores harmonic and rhythmic devices used by some jazz musicians to inform their improvisations. The course will focus predominantly on jazz standards (music from The Great American Songbook), and there may also be a chance to look at more contemporary styles.
Aims and Objectives
Introduction to identifying and analysing common harmonic and rhythmic devices used within jazz standards. - Introduction to making creative decisions about chord reharmonisation. - Introduction to applying appropriate scale choices when composing a solo over a set of common jazz changes.
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Analysing and labeling a jazz leadsheet using appropriate harmonic devices
- Building chords and scales using upper extensions
- Altering chord progressions with substitute and passing chords
- Making creative choices about chord extensions
- Transcribing and analysing a typical jazz solo
- Writing a single-line jazz solo over a standard chord progression
This module introduces students to the theoretical understanding of harmonic and some rhythmic conventions associated with jazz music, much which will be drawn from the classic repertoire of The Great American Songbook. It starts with simple nomenclature (chord symbols & spelling) and progresses through analysing functional harmony, modes, chord extensions and substitutions. It culminates in students having knowledge and understanding of adding their own chord substitutions to a well-known standard, transcribing a typical jazz solo, and writing an exemplar solo line over a given chord progression employing theoretical concepts assimilated from the module.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures Individual study and listening ? Library-based research ? On-line based research ? Individual tutorials by arrangement
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||24|
|Completion of assessment task||60|
|Wider reading or practice||42|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Mark Levine (1995). The Jazz Piano Book.
Hartley Library audio/visual reserves.
Barry Kernfield (1995). What to Listen for In Jazz.
Module Blackboard site.
Mark Levine (1995). The Jazz Theory Book.
Hartley Library reserves.
|Essay ( words)||50%|
|Essay ( words)||50%|
Repeat type: Internal & External