Course: MUS 285-001 (22081); 300 Foster Music Building, 9:05-9:55AM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Larry Nelson, Instructor
Office - Foster 207
Class web site: http://www.people.eku.edu/nelsonl/mus285/
Office hrs.: currently by appt., hours TBA
Required Text: none
Course Description: This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of improvising in a jazz
style. After covering some of the basics of "jazz theory" such as chord
notation and chord/scale relationships, the course will focus on key tunes
in the canon of the jazz repertory as a means of learning techniques of
improvising over different harmonic progressions.
Learning Goal: to provide current and professionally accepted instruction in jazz theory
and jazz improvisation. Providing conceptual tools to teach jazz improvisation is a key component of the class.
Educational Outcomes - students will:
- know and be able to explain the basic principles of jazz/pop
- have a working knowledge of the principle scales and modes used in jazz
- know the melodies and chord progressions to selected standard tunes in the jazz
- be able to generate original "licks" or motivic ideas.
- be able to extract ideas from transcribed solos.
- have a system for teaching jazz improvisation to primary or secondary music
Students will demonstrate this knowledge both through written quizzes/tests
and playing quizzes/tests as assigned by the instructor.
General Class Requirements:
- Class preparation - as with any skill development, regular
practice is essential to mastery. It is expected that students will practice
20-30 minutes per day.
- Demonstration, lecture, and repetition of material will make
up a significant portion of the course content; attendance, therefore,
is extremely important and will be reflected in the student's grade.
- Absences may be excused at the discretion
of the instructor. The student must make every reasonable effort to let
the instructor know about the absence prior to class time; if this is
not possible, the student must contact the instructor within 24 hours
after the start of class
order for the absence to be excused. Each unexcused absence after the
first will result in a reduction of the grade for the class by 10% of
the total possible points (essentially one letter grade).
- Students who arrive after class has begun are considered to be tardy.
It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that the instructor
has noted their attendance. Two unexcused tardies will equal one unexcused
- Students are expected to be prepared to sing or play prepared exercises
or new material at each class unless the instructor informs the class otherwise.
- 1/18 - Academic holiday (ML King Day)
- 2/5 - no class (KMEA)
- 3/5 - the deadline for the instructor to post mid-term grades
- 3/8-12 - Spring Break
- 4/30 - last day of classes
- 5/5 (Wednesday) - Final Exam (8:00-10:00AM)
If there is any individual in this class who is in need of academic accommodations
and who is registered with the Office of Services for Individuals with
Disabilities, please make an individual appointment with the course instructor
to discuss accommodations Upon individual request, this syllabus can be
made available in alternative forms. If any individual is not registered
with the Office of Services for Individuals with Disabilities but has need
of academic accommodations, please contact the Office directly either in
person on the first floor of the Turley House or by telephone at (859)622-1500