Jazz Theory (MTH4119.01)

Jen Allen

This course will review both diatonic and modal harmony as it applies to chord structures, chord progressions, scales used in jazz improvisation, how to interpret chord alterations, and how to identify key centers. We will learn how to translate the chord symbols found in “lead sheets” (music with only chord symbols and melody) and develop the necessary skills to create intelligent and musical improvised solos. Students must have the ability to read music notation and a basic understanding of major & minor tonality.

This course adjusts to the current level of the students.

Learning Outcomes:
-Read lead sheets
-Understand upper structures and chord alterations
-Learn how to improvise with more intention

Delivery Method: Hybrid
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor (contact ginadeibel@bennington.edu for more information).
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Fully In-Person , Theory