College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Courses

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

EMUS 1427/3427/5427 (1)–Jazz Ensemble
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EMUS 1437/3437/5437 (1)–Jazz Combo
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EMUS 3642 (3)–History of Jazz
Studies the distinctly American art form of jazz music from its origins to the present, including the various traditions, practices, historical events, and people most important to its evolution. For nonmusic majors. Offered fall and spring.

PMUS 1515 (2)–Jazz Piano Class
Offers small group instruction in the concepts and skills required to learn jazz piano. Students not only learn basic techniques required to play jazz but also become familiar with the theory, grammar, and lexicon of the jazz language. Prereq., PMUS 1205 or instructor consent. Offered spring only. Syllabus 

MUSC 3061 (2)– Jazz Improvisation 1
Develops skills in jazz improvisation through practical application of chord/scale relationship, transcription, repertoire and analysis. Open to all instruments. Prereq., MUSC 3081. Offered fall only. Syllabus

MUSC 3071 (2)–Jazz Improvisation 2
Continues and expands upon the material presented in Jazz Improvisation 1. Deals in depth with the contemporary trends in modern jazz such as modality, free jazz and the works of modern jazz legends including John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock. Prereq., MUSC 3061. Offered fall only. Syllabus

MUSC 3081 (3)–Jazz Theory & Aural Foundations
Presents the grammar and syntax of jazz. Acquaints the student with the language of jazz improvisation and various jazz styles. The musician’s most valuable tool – the ear, is developed through an in depth analytical study of the jazz masters through harmonic dictation/identification Prereq., MUSC 2101. Offered spring only. Syllabus

MUSC 3253 (2)–Jazz Techniques for the Music Educator
Prepares the music educator for successful experiences teaching jazz at the secondary level. Students gain insights into performance and rehearsal techniques for the instrumental jazz ensemble. Explores approaches for teaching jazz theory, improvisation, and selecting literature for young students. Own instrument required for certain classes. Prereqs., MUSC 1111 and 2103. Offered spring only. Syllabus

MUSC 3642 (3)–History of Jazz
Studies the distinctly American art form of jazz music from its origins to the present, including the various traditions, practices, historical events and people most important to its evolution. Offered fall only. For music majors only. Syllabus

MUSC 4031 (2)–Jazz Arranging 1
Study of notation, score layout, transpositions, basic harmonic and melodic analysis, basic chord voicings, and composition for a small jazz ensemble. Prereqs., MUSC 2111 & 2131. Recommended prereq, MUSC 3081. Offered fall only. Syllabus 

MUSC 4091 (2)–Jazz Arranging 2
Continuation and expansion of studies in MUSC 4031. Methods of arranging for larger groups will be explored. Survey of major composers and arrangers of the idiom. Prereq., MUSC 4031. Recommended prereq., MUSC 3081. Offered spring only.

MUSC 5091 (3)–Contemporary Jazz Theory
Studies contemporary jazz improvisation and compositional techniques, including formal jazz structures (blues, song form), harmonic practices, rhythmic devices, and melodic analysis. Prereq., MUSC 3081 or instructor consent. Offered spring only.

MUSC 5642 (3)–Jazz History and Literature
Studies musical trends and cultural forces influencing jazz, with analysis of scales, improvisational styles, melodic and motivic variations, transcriptions, and orchestrations from significant periods in its history. Prereq., MUSC 3642 or instructor consent. Offered spring only. Syllabus

MUSC 5246 (3)–Jazz Improvisation and Analysis
A study of improvisation through melodic and harmonic analysis of jazz compositions, transcriptions, and the study of historic jazz solos as played by jazz masters. Prereq., MUSC 3071 or instructor consent. Offered fall only.

MUSC 5256 (3)–Jazz Studies Administration and Pedagogy
Studies the organization and administration of collegiate jazz programs. Topics include curriculum, program philosophy, teaching techniques, funding, teacher training, and evaluation. Prereq. MUSC 3253 or equivalent. Offered fall only.Syllabus

MUSC 5356 (3)–Jazz Studies Practicum
Studies strategies for developing and implementing academic programs in jazz studies. Includes demonstration teaching by class members. Prereq., MUSC 5256. 

MUSC 7046 (3)–Seminar in Jazz Literature
Provides advanced study in jazz literatrue and styles. Students present results of reasearch on individually chosen topics or aspectws of a topic central to the class. Requires class presentations and a major paper or project. Prereq., Masters degree, MUSC 5091, MUSC Spring only. Offered every other year.Syllabus

TMUS 6956 (2)–Master’s Thesis (Paper)
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TMUS 6957 (2)–Master’s Thesis (Recital)
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