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Advanced Jazz Improvisation

Music H&S - Humanities & Sciences

Course Description

This class will focus on broadening the participants' fluency with established improvisational languages, encouraging them to trust and develop their own unique improvisational voices, and deepening their capacities for integrating those individual voices into a collaborative musical framework -- working and playing together as a group, forging a collective identity, finding a band sound. In-class soloing and ensemble playing; guided listening; ear training; internalization; personalization; transcription, composition and arranging will all be emphasized. The coursework will be primarily based on actual instrumental performance and practice; with an extensive list of tracks to listen to and tunes to learn. The class will spend ample time focusing on the repertoire from the jazz "canon" (works by jazz masters such Ellington, Monk, Parker, Shorter, Mingus, Coltrane, Coleman, etc, as well as "standards" from the American popular songbook). Participants will be encouraged to submit for consideration by the group their own ideas for material, including, but not limited to, their own original compositions or arrangements. Limited enrollment: Audition required. Students auditioning for Music 120E may submit the same audition material for consideration for Music 120D and vice-versa, but they are asked to make clear that they are applying for both (or, alternatively, for just one of the two, and if so, which one.) All who are interested are strongly encouraged to apply, with the understanding that some priority may be given to those who have already completed Music 120D. This class will be closed to enrollment, so students who would like to enroll must join the Axess wait list. You will then be contacted with audition instructions.

Grading Basis

ROP - Letter or Credit/No Credit





Course Repeatable for Degree Credit?


Total Units Allowed for Degree Credit


Course Component


Enrollment Optional?


This course has been approved for the following WAYS

Creative Expression (CE)

Does this course satisfy the University Language Requirement?