Hands-on introduction to basic skills, ideas, and approaches musicians use to create improvised music as is practiced in a wide range of styles in various world cultures. Students will gain a deeper insight into the creative drive, develop creative thinking skills, and create innovative, artistically satisfying improvised music. Course culminates with a public performance of original improvised music. Prerequisite(s): Must already play a musical instrument.
Advanced concepts of musical improvisation. Emphasis on imitating and assimilating the improvisational language of a single musician's creative work. This process will be enhanced by discussing, utilizing, and synthesizing the values that underlie the LEP program.
Improvisation in theory and practice. Hands-on development of the musical vocabulary of improvisation of jazz, Indian classical music, and other world cultures. Application of melody-harmony relationships to instrumental/vocal performance. Techniques for the composition and improvisation of original melodies with emphasis on melodic sequences, nuance, and mixed rhythmic patterns. Prerequisite: MUS 221 and 226, or departmental permission. 2 credits.
Continuation of MUS 420. Improvisation in theory and practice. Application of advanced melodic/harmonic relationships to instrumental/vocal performance. Emphasis on styles, group performance, and analysis of selected idioms and their application to individual creative expression. Prerequisite: MUS 420. 2 credits.