Listed in: Music, as MUSI-113
Formerly listed as: MUSI-35
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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.
If Overenrolled: Priority given to music majors, jazz performance students, then seniors and 1st-year students.