Basics for Jazz Improvisation

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Course Code: 
MUS 2214
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Academic Programs: 
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

The course puts emphasis on the tools of jazz improvisation in a concrete performance and composition in a jazz situation. Melody writing is done from the smallest fragments such as periods, phrases/motifs, and a group of fragments woven into symmetrical patterns.  The rhythm section is specially worked on as the heart of the improvising group: pulse, meter, rhythmic accents, sympathetic balance, rhythmic swing, and harmony. All the above are put together in constant and regular practicing sessions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Objectives: 

  • To develop skills in melody writing
  • To master the rhythm section of jazz
  • To develop improvisational skills, which are basic to any jazz musical style
  • To develop skills of utilizing all musical styles exposed to the students as raw materials for composing and performing jazz
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Ability to create melodies in jazz music style
  • Ability to use steadiness and various types of timing in jazz music
  • Ability to make use the four basic jazz instrumental sections in their jazz performances
  • Ability to transform Ugandan ethnic/traditional and all musics exposed to students so far into composing and performing jazz
Jazz Improvisation
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