Fall 2018

Jazz Theory and Improvisation I

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-113

Formerly listed as: MUSI-35


Carl J. Clements (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. Visiting Lecturer Clements.

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


Artistic Practice, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021