The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

MUSI 3382 Jazz Theory and Musicianship

This course is a study of jazz music theory, and musicianship including chord and scale construction and nomenclature; elementary principles of chord voicing and arrangements; chord/scale relationships; and blues, AABA and other song forms. It includes the study of harmonic, melodic, rhythmic and formal elements of jazz as applied to improvisation, performance, arranging, and composition. Analysis of jazz solo transcription as well as basic keyboard skills will be emphasized, in addition to required listening to exceptional examples of standard jazz recordings and attending jazz concerts.




[MUSI 1212 and MUSI 1117] or consent of instructor. Music reading and music notation skills, knowledge of modulation, secondary functions, strong aural perception, and music dictation capability are all required.

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