Jazz and Modern Music Theory (MTH4121.01)

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 basic music notation and an understanding of major & minor tonality.


Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcomes:
-Read lead sheets
-Learn how to improvise with more intention
-Learn how to make creative melodic ideas
- Be able to interpret chord changes
-Understand upper structures and chord alterations



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Students must have an understanding of basic music theory (be able to read music) to take this course.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 8
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Theory
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