MUS 312J – Jazz Musicianship VI

Course Objective:

Advanced level ear training with emphasis on transcribing. Analysis of melodies and harmonic progressions from classic jazz recordings.

Five transcriptions will be due during the semester. Each transcription will be a minimum or 4 choruses of blues or 2 choruses of a 32 bar tune. The transcription must be written legibly on manuscript paper with chord changes. A CD or cassette must accompany all transcriptions. Be prepared to play and discuss all aspects of each solo transcription including melodic development, scales, modes, rhythm, etc.

10 Ear Training Quizzes Covered:

Rhythmic Dictation Melodic Dictation Harmonic Dictation to include: Diatonic Chord Progressions, Chromatic Bass Movement, II-V’s, Altered Chords: Major Triads over 3rd and 7th in left hand.

Grades Will Be Calculated as Follows:

50 percent – Transcriptions

25 percent – 10 Ear training quizzes

25 percent – Final cumulative ear training exam

Attendance Policy:

Grade will be lowered 1/3 for every class missed over 10% of the total number of classes. You are allowed 4 “absents” before your grade will be affected.


1 Ear Training Quiz #1

2 Ear Training Quiz #2

3 Ear Training Quiz #3

4 First Transcription Due

5 Ear Training Quiz #4

6 Second Transcription Due

7 Ear Training Quiz #5

8 Ear Training Quiz #6

9 Third Transcription Due

10 Ear Training Quiz #7

11 Ear Training Quiz #8

12 Fourth Transcription Due

13 Ear Training Quiz #9

14 Ear Training Quiz #10

15 Fifth, Final Transcription Due