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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!