Jazz harmony and ear training 1A
Time: 16:00 - 17:30
Location: Keeley Street
This course has now started
- Course Code: MG604A
- Dates: 23/09/23 - 09/12/23
- Time: 16:00 - 17:30
- Taught: Sat, Daytime
- Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)
- Location: Keeley Street
- Tutor: Cerys Hogg
Course Code: MG604A
Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)
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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 begin to 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)
- Ensemble playing 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 some familiarity with the jazz idiom.
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 playing activities.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need your instrument for some of the sessions. Have manuscript and a pencil, and a device to record some parts of the class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can progress to part B next term. This course will span the academic year.
Cerys Hogg is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. Whilst studying Fine Art, specialising in performance art and installation, she developed her musical skills through performing as a jazz vocalist, drummer and pianist. A scholarship allowed her to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the post-graduate Jazz and Studio Music course. Here she specialised in jazz voice developing a personal approach to improvisation, harmony and arranging. Currently Cerys is combining her work as both multimedia artist and musician. She performs in KOGG, an experimental electronic music duo with fellow City Lit tutor, Selena Kay. Together they create music by sampling vocals, sound objects, and home-made instruments, combining composed and improvised material. They have performed live and are in the process of creating an album. An experienced teacher with a PGCE from the Institute of Education, Cerys has a reputation for delivering entertaining and engaging classes. She has a drive to demystify the elements of music, making it an accessible and enjoyable experience for all.
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