Fall 2022

Improvised Music

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-439


Jason Robinson (Section 01)


Functioning as a combined seminar and performance workshop, this course explores the theory and practice of musical improvisation. Rather than focus on one specific musical style, we will define “improvised music” in an inclusive way that draws equally from American and European experimental musics, various approaches to post-1965 jazz improvisation, and several musical traditions from around the world that prominently use improvisation. Students will be encouraged to develop new performance practices drawn from and in dialogue with these diverse musical traditions. Reading, listening, and video assignments will help familiarize students with the burgeoning field of improvised music studies and will serve to guide class discussions. Students with any musical/stylistic background are encouraged to enroll. Two class meetings per week. Fulfills the departmental seminar requirement for the major.

Requisite: Basic instrumental or vocal proficiency. Limited to 10 students. Fall semester. Professor Robinson.

How to handle overenrollment: Music majors then class years (seniors, juniors, sophomores).

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on artist practice, readings, listening, written work, oral presentations, and group work.

MUSI 439 - LEC

Section 01
W 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM ARMU 007
F 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM ARMU 007


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Fall 2015, Spring 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2022