In this unit of study students will begin to develop skills and understanding in jazz improvisation, and an appropriate level of instrumental skill to facilitate its performance. Students will become acquainted with suitable and essential jazz repertoire, the study of which will be informed by acquiring a detailed knowledge of chord/scale relationships and of how the harmonic structures that are commonplace in jazz repertoire function. At the conclusion of this unit of study students will be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of major, melodic minor, diminished, diminished blues, and whole-tone scales and their associated applications, demonstrate a broad understanding of repertoire covered in improvisation classes and principal study lessons and demonstrate appropriate instrumental skills necessary for jazz performance.
1 hr instrumental lesson; 1 hr sectional tutorial; Jazz Performance Workshop, 2hr improvisation class
Individual assessment (20%), Jury technical exam (50%), improvisation class (30%). Students must pass all assessed components.