Jazz harmony and ear training 1

Course Dates: 28/09/19 - 04/07/20
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Cerys Hogg

With guided listening to music forms, and singing, you will study time, form, root movement and harmonic progression, chord types, intervals, scales and modes. Learn transcribed solos and participate in playing sessions. For players with a working knowledge of basic harmony and instrumental proficiency beyond grade 5. Please contact music@citylit.ac.uk to arrange to be assessed for this course.


What is the course about?

Develop your listening skills in relation to form, rhythm, melody and harmonic structure in jazz. Develop your ability to play jazz repertoire and improvise.

What will we cover?

- Understanding the different forms of jazz sequences
- Developing rhythmic and melodic awareness
- Studying bass line movement and simple voice-leading
- Choosing scale options (modes of major scale, pentatonics and harmonic minor)
- ‘Jam’ sessions to put the above in context.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Recognise different forms of jazz composition, common harmonic progressions, and chord types
- Write down simple jazz rhythms and melodies
- Understand how scales and chords relate to one another
- Improvise/compose with confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You should have a good working knowledge of scales, triads, terminology and staff notation. Also good instrumental proficiency and familiarity with the jazz idiom. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English and staff notation.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn through group listening, discussion and singing of relevant parts, class exercises (dictation and chord recognition), theory and performance sessions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Lionel Grigson Practical Jazz (Stainer and Bell) recommended. Mark Levine Jazz Theory Book (Chuck Sher) optional. You will need your instrument for most sessions.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

At the end of this course you can progress onto Jazz harmony 2 and ensembles, Jazz woodshedding or Jazz vocal improvisation at City Lit.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: MG604

Sat, day, 28 Sep - 04 Jul '20

Duration: 34 sessions (over 41 weeks)

Full fee: £379.00
Senior fee: £379.00
Concession: £231.00

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