Fall 2020

Jazz Theory and Improvisation I

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-113

Formerly listed as: MUSI-35


Bruce P. Diehl (Section 01)


This is a beginner-level course designed to explore jazz harmony and improvisation from theoretical and applied standpoints. Students will study common harmonic practices, modes and scales, rhythmic practices, and the blues, and will learn the historical contexts in which these practices have developed. An end-of-semester performance of material studied during the semester will be required alongside regular individual meetings with the instructor. A one-hour ear training section will be scheduled outside of regular class meetings. Two class meetings and one ear training section 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 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.

Limited to 18 students. Lecturer Diehl. Hyflex format with a preference for face-to-face interaction as possible. Online elements of the course will be conducted via Zoom, the course website, and may utilize other online resources.

MUSI 113 - L/D

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM ARMU 7
W 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM ARMU 7


2024-25: 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