Spring 2015

Advanced Topics in Jazz

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-247

Formerly listed as: MUSI-37


Bruce P. Diehl (Section 01)


In this class we will explore jazz through transcription, composition, arranging and improvisation. Materials for transcription will range from the classic renditions of jazz standards by Gershwin and Kern to highly complex works by such greats as Wayne Shorter and Charles Mingus. Advanced approaches to improvisation will include the exploration of new source materials including the Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns by Nicolas Slonimsky as used by John Coltrane. Using members of the class as a laboratory band we will seek to develop our own unique compositional voices that draw on jazz traditions.

Requisite: MUSI 113, 246 and/or performance experience in the jazz idiom strongly suggested. Musical literacy sufficient to follow a score. Admission with consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Senior Lecturer Diehl.

MUSI 247 - L/D

Section 01
M 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM ARMU 7
W 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM ARMU 7

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Patterns for Jazz Jerry Coker Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019