Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

PSIJ-321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PSIJ-221, PSIM-231, or overall ensemble rating 6
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

An expansion of the fundamental improvisational skills developed in PSIJ-221, with the introduction of techniques that will further enhance the student's personal improvisational style. Techniques covered include rhythmic feels, accents and ghost notes, rhythmic syncopation, lower structure triads, phrase lengths, and soloing with full and partial rhythm section accompaniment. Development of effective practice skills. Music from various periods of jazz (swing, bop, postbop, and contemporary) will be used for demonstration, practice, and performance activities. Classes are leveled and instrumentally balanced; students perform weekly.

PSIJ-322

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PSIJ-321 or overall ensemble rating 6
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

An intermediate-level course introducing approaches to improvisation that require a solid background in harmonic and tonal concepts. Techniques covered include rhythmic activity, chord tone soloing, articulation, upper structure triads, dynamics, and soloing with full and partial rhythmic section accompaniment and also with hi-hat only. Development of effective practice skills. Music from various periods of jazz (swing, bop, postbop, and contemporary) will be used for demonstration, practice, and performance activities. Classes are leveled and instrumentally balanced; students perform weekly.

PSIJ-325

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

Development of a personal and individual jazz style through emphasis on reading, improvisation, and interpretative techniques. Hearing, analyzing, and playing selected transcribed pieces of well-known jazz artists; individual and group improvisation.

PSIJ-331

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department Code: PERF
Location: Boston Campus

A performance-centered class covering jazz vocabulary and the construction of jazz melodies based on the traditions of players including Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Dorham, and others. Students will be given vocabulary models focusing on the ability to start a line on any scale degree and mastery of voice leading in all keys. Topics covered will include bebop scales, approach systems, rhythms, and articulation.

PSIJ-335

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: PERF
Location: Boston Campus

A performance-centered class covering melodic cells and their permutations applied to improvising in a variety of settings. Study of multitonic systems (Coltrane changes) and their application as either primary harmony or substitutions.

PSIJ-341

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 5
Department Code: PERF
Location: Boston Campus

A performance-centered class covering minor seventh, minor sixth, minor seventh flat five, major flat six, and all diminished related pentatonics and their application to improvisation and the creation of melodies and usage charts. Voice leading and approach systems as used by master improvisers including Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, and others.

PSIJ-346

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: PERF
Location: Boston Campus

Students learn to derive improvisatory vocabulary exclusively from a composition's original melody or theme and different methods of thematic development through the analysis of a wide range of jazz improvisations and classical compositions. Through various exercises and assignments, students apply the learned techniques to their instruments.

PSIJ-351

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-212; see scheduling listing for rating
Department Code: PERF
Location: Boston Campus

Analysis and performance of music in the style of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham, and others. Standard progressions and transcribed solos from music of the '40s and '50s are analyzed and performed.

PSIJ-371

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-211 and either ET-211 or ET-231
Department Code: PERF
Location: Boston Campus

The performance of music (melody, bass line, harmony, and rhythm) by ear. Classes will be instrumentally balanced so students can gain a practical knowledge of playing by ear in a traditional group setting. The study of chord qualities, chord progressions, and tensions through improvisation. Exploration of rhythm through the study of combinations of 2 and 3. Primary focus on creating grooves by tapping even combinations. Over-the-barline phrasing through 3/8 and 7/8 over 4/4. Evolves into linear, harmonic, and compositional concepts. This course is recommended for performers interested in developing their musical ear.

PSIJ-421

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PSIJ-322 or overall ensemble rating 6
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

An upper-level course recommended for students with well-developed improvisation skills and concepts who are interested in further developing their own personal style through detailed application. Techniques covered include motive soloing, motive development soloing, and soloing with full and partial rhythm section accompaniment and also with no accompaniment. Development of effective practice skills. Music from various periods of jazz (swing, bop, postbop, and contemporary) will be used for demonstration, practice, and performance activities. Classes are leveled and instrumentally balanced; students perform weekly.

PSIJ-422

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PSIJ-421 or overall ensemble rating 6
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

An advanced course recommended for students who have already begun to develop their own personal musical styles. Challenging rhythmic topics are featured as aspects of performance of improved solos. Techniques covered include preparation exercises for rhythmic displacement: symmetrical and asymmetrical, pentatonic and tritonic scales applied to conventional chord scales, motive development (augmentation and diminution), soloing rubato on song's chord progression, and soloing with full/partial rhythm section accompaniment and also with no accompaniment. Development of effective practice skills. Music from various periods of jazz (swing, bop, postbop, and contemporary) will be used for demonstration, practice, and performance activities. Classes are leveled and instrumentally balanced; students perform weekly.

PSIJ-423

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PSIJ-422 or overall ensemble rating 7
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

An advanced course offering sophisticated approaches and concepts. Techniques covered include metric modulation, melodic curve, continuous motive development, nonharmonic triads, alternate tempos, extreme tempos with rhythmic syncopation, and soloing with full, partial, and no rhythm section accompaniment. Music from various periods of jazz (swing, bop, postbop, and contemporary) will be used for demonstration, practice, and performance activities. Classes are leveled and instrumentally balanced; students perform weekly.

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