MUS 219A -Improv I (Jazz Pedagogy for Education Majors)

Course Objective: Basic jazz pedagogy for music education majors. Text:Jazz Educators Handbook by Jeff Jarvis and Doug Beach published by Kendor Music Course Outline: 1. Working with jazz ensembles. (combos and larger ensembles) 2. Working with the rhythm section 3. Repertoire relevant to grade level 4. Beginning improvisation. 5. Setting up a jazz program from scratch Final project will include conducting one piece with a jazz ensemble. Grade Components: Assignments - 25 percent Weekly assignments Mid-Term - 25 percent Written exam Final - 25 percent Written exam Final Project - 25 percent conducting a jazz ensemble Attendance Policy: Grade will be lowered 1/3 for every class missed over 10 percent of the total number of classes. You are allowed 3 "absents" before your grade will be affected. Class begins precisely at the top of the hour! You will be graded "absent" if you are more than 5 minutes late at the beginning of class or if you are consistently 1 to 5 minutes late (more than 5 times). Have your instrument out, warmed up and ready to play at the beginning of class!