Introduction to Jazz Improvisation

Course Number: 253*/3.0 1L, 2T (Course Code Explanation)

Open To: B.Mus. and B.Mus./B.Ed. students, non-B.Mus. students

Area(s): Applied Music

Instructor(s): Mr. Greg Runions

Term(s): A

Day(s) and Time(s): F: 2.30-5.30

Room: HLH 120

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s) / Exclusion(s)

  • Prerequisite: Second year standing in the B.Mus. program or permission of the instructor.

Additional Information

This course is intended for the student who is interested in learning how to improvise in the jazz style. Students will learn how to read chord symbols as they apply to jazz and pop music, apply modes and jazz scales to many basic chord sounds, learn several jazz standards, develop an understanding of jazz phrasing and apply this knowledge by performing in a small jazz combo. By the end of this course each student will be required to perform a one-hour set as a member of a jazz combo.

Evaluation will be based on playing tests, class assignments, a solo transcription and group performance.

Open to non-B.Mus. students by audition - please contact the instructor, Mr. Runions. Enrolment is limited to 20 students.