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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.