Fall 2013

Jazz Theory and Improvisation I

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-113

Formerly listed as: MUSI-35

Moodle site: Course


Bruce P. Diehl (Section 01)


A course designed to explore jazz harmonic and improvisational practice from both the theoretical and applied standpoint. Students will study common harmonic practices of the jazz idiom, modes and scales, rhythmic practices, the blues, and understand the styles of jazz in relation to the history of the music. An end-of-semester performance of material(s) studied during the semester will be required of the class. A jazz-based ear-training section will be scheduled outside of the regular class times. Two class meetings per week. This course is considered a point of entry to MUSI 241.

Students who have not previously taken a course in music theory at Amherst College are encouraged to take a self-administered placement exam available on reserve in the Music Library and on the Music Department Website (www.amherst.edu/~music/TheoryPlacement.pdf).  Students are also encouraged to discuss placement in music theory with a member of the Music Department. 

Requisite: MUSI 111 or 112 or equivalent, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 30 students. Fall semester. Senior Lecturer Diehl.

If Overenrolled: Lecturer approval needed before student turns in registration.


Fine arts for non-majors, Artistic practice


2015-16: Offered in Fall 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014