Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: advanced

Course Dates: 20/01/23 - 24/03/23
Time: 10:30 - 15:30
Location: Keeley Street
Focus on ear training and developing jazz improvisation, applying theoretical understanding to practical situations. We return to the classroom to learn to play jazz standards and unusual repertoire. This is musicianship training at a high level. New applicants may apply to music@citylit.ac.uk to arrange an audition.
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Course Code: MG603B

Started Fri, day, 20 Jan - 24 Mar '23

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Develop your ability to hear, play and understand melody, harmonic progression, style and time feel in the jazz idiom. Detailed study of jazz standards will be supported by listening, singing activities and playing solo.
Develop your ability to improvise well. Learn challenging repertoire. Perform and record your musical efforts.

What will we cover?

- Exercises will develop transcription skills and explore and practise approaches to improvising
- Improvising with the voice, notating chord progressions, guide tone lines, exploring scale choice and available tensions
- Practice routines will be established for ear training
- Explore tools and devices like forward motion, backing riffs, guide tones, enclosures
- focus on listening and responding in the ensemble.

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

- Recognise simple & compound intervals, natural and altered tensions over chords
- Develop short-term memory for motif, pattern, etc.
- Sing, write and use modes of major, harmonic minor, melodic minor scales, altered and diminished sounds
- Transcribe single lines and chord progressions accurately
- have mastered some challenging jazz repertoire
- Invent solo and backing ideas by ear
- show greater expertise in matters of writing/arranging.

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

You should have good working knowledge of aural and academic harmony, recognition of intervals and the basic chord types (major, minor 7, dominant and half-diminished) and minor and modal harmony. You need to be accustomed to reading, playing, and improvising in jazz and Latin styles.

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

All practical - lots of singing, transcribing musical ideas, and playing exercises and jazz standards together. Weekly practice of improvising solos and playing as a small ensemble.

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

Please have manuscript paper and your instrument. Amps and pianos supplied.

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

The course will continue next term.

Della Rhodes

Della has enjoyed working at City Lit for over 3 decades, teaching, managing, learning. After training in contemporary dance, Della became consumed by drama and music work. Music came to dominate, playing in bands, song writing, teaching for, and advising, the Youth Service and Adult Education. Performing and writing arrangements for pop and jazz a cappella has been a 30 year journey. So too the teaching of jazz musicianship. Gratitude is due to early mentor Amit Sen for introducing 'the jazz thing'.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.