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MUS 319B – Improvisation IV

Course Objective:

Emphasis on melodic development, form, rhythm, style, and creative aspects of improvisation within advanced harmonic structures.

Text:

None. Recordings will be listened to in class and should be purchased.

Tunes That May Be Covered:

1. Coltrane Tunes

– Countdown

– Giant Steps

– Moment’s Notice

– Mr. P.C.

2. Modal Tunes

– Maiden Voyage

– Impressions

– Naima

3. Wayne Shorter, Benny Golson, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock Tunes

– Along Came Betty

– Dolphin Dance

– Wildflower

– Isotope

– Stablemates

– E.S.P.

– Inner Urge

– Ana Maria

Transcriptions:

Two transcriptions will be due during the semester. The first entire solo will consist of a minimum of 4 choruses of blues or 2 choruses of a standard 32 bar form (approx. 50-70 bars) . The second solo transcription must be an entire solo consisting of a minimum of 4 choruses of blues or 2 choruses of a 32 bar form (approx. 50-70 bars). The solo may be written out and played with music.

Grade Components:

Weekly quizzes and assignments – 20 percent

Mid-Term Playing exam – 20percent

Mid-Term transcription – 20 percent

Final cumulative playing exam – 20 percent

Final Transcription: – 20 percent

Attendance:

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