Fall 2008

Improvised Music: Spectrum, Theory, and Practice

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-39


Jason Robinson (Section 01)


Functioning as a combined seminar and performance workshop, this course explores the theory and practice of musical improvisation. Rather than focus on one specific musical style, we will define “improvised music” in an inclusive way that draws equally from American and European experimental musics, various approaches to post-1965 jazz improvisation, and several musical traditions from around the world that prominently use improvisation. Students will be encouraged to develop new performance practices drawn from and in dialogue with these diverse musical traditions. Reading, listening, and video assignments will help familiarize students with the burgeoning field of improvised music studies and will serve to guide class discussions. Students with any musical/stylistic background are encouraged to enroll. Two class meetings per week. Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major. Requisite: Basic instrumental or vocal proficiency and consent of the instructor. Limited to 10 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Robinson.