MUS-2013 Jazz/Contemporary Music Theory III

3 credits

Prerequisite: MUS-1231 and MUS-1232 or permission of instructor. *Required concurrent enrollment with MUS-2111 & MUS-2211.

Following two semesters of traditional music theory, students who choose to study jazz/contemporary theory will build from the traditional foundation of music theory but will focus on advanced aspects of the jazz/contemporary idiom. Emphasis is placed on the use of standard notation combined with chord symbols in a "lead sheet" format. Composition will be a core ingredient of the course. This will allow the analysis of melody, harmony, rhythm, form and sound to be explored in a personal and creative way. Several techniques for jazz/contemporary composition will be covered in addition to the study of many classic jazz/contemporary performers.