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Jazz Improvisation I
Course: MUP164

First Term: 2017 Fall
Lecture   2.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   2.7 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S

Description: Theoretical and performance skills in many styles of jazz improvisation.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Apply basic elements of music through analysis and writing. (I)
2. Identify melodic tones of various chord qualities. (II)
3. Analyze and construct blues chord progressions and melodies. (III)
4. Analyze and construct pieces using a blues form. (III)
5. Demonstrate improvisation techniques. (IV)
6. Perform a given song from memory. (IV)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Basic elements of music
   A. Major and minor scale construction
   B. Aurally and visually identifying all intervals up to the octave
   C. Aurally and visually identifying major and minor chord qualities
   D. Aurally and visually identifying dominant chord qualities
II. Melodic tone qualities
   A. Melodic tones of major chord qualities
   B. Melodic tones of minor chord qualities
   C. Melodic tones of dominant chord qualities
III. Blues progressions, melody, and form
   A. Characteristics of blues progressions
   B. Characteristics of blues melodies
   C. Blues form
IV. Improvisation
   A. Recognizing length of phrases
   B. Improvising on impressions
   C. Improvising of an AABA form
   D. Memorizing and performing a given song
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 4/25/2017

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