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MUSC 1221. Jazz Theory/Improvisation 1 (2-1-2) Prerequisite: MUSC 1214. A practical and theoretical course, combining jazz harmony and counterpoint with improvisational experience in the classroom. Major topics include chord/scale relationships, modal theory, chord progressions, formal analysis, thematic and motivic improvisation.


MUSC 1222. Jazz Theory/Improvisation 2 (2-1-2) Prerequisite: MUSC 1221. A practical and theoretical course, combining jazz harmony and counterpoint with improvisational experience in the classroom. Major topics include chord/scale relationships, modal theory, chord progressions, formal analysis, thematic and motivic improvisation. The course includes keyboard and aural components.


MUSC 1223. Jazz Theory/Improvisation 3 (2-1-2) Prerequisite: MUSC 1222. Study of the essential aspects of jazz harmonic and melodic language, including: diatonic, altered, and hybrid chords; scales/modes used in jazz and their correlation to harmonic voicing; nomenclature, formal structure, terminology, common chord progressions, transcription and analysis of improvised jazz solos. This course includes keyboard and aural components. This course is a "C" or better course.


MUSC 1224. Jazz Theory/Improvisation 4 (2-1-2) Prerequisite: MUSC 1223. Further study of the essential aspects of jazz harmonic and melodic language, including: altered and hybrid chords; scales/modes used in jazz and their correlation to harmonic voicing; nomenclature, formal structure, terminology, common chord progressions, transcription and analysis of improvised jazz solos. Emphasis is put on developing phrasing skills. Involves ear training and keyboard aspects. This course is a "C" or better course.


MUSP 3060. Jazz Band (0-5-1) This course forms the basis of the big band. Auditions are open to all CSU students. Emphasis is placed on written music and improvisation, using a variety of repertoire from historical and current composers. Admission by audition only. This course is intended for non-music majors and music majors as a secondary ensemble.


MUSP 3358. Jazz Workshop (0-3-1) Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor. Instrumental chamber experience in various combinations covering jazz styles from the traditional age to the contemporary period. This section is intended for jazz majors only. May be repeated for credit.