This is an intermediate-level course in the vocal jazz performing format. Through rehearsal and public performance, the student will learn the basic elements of music as applied to vocal jazz. Topics will include beginning improvisation, Latin rhythm and major scales. 3 hrs./wk.
Prerequisites: MUS 196 and audition required
Refer to the instructor's course syllabus for details about any supplies that may be required.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Perform basic Swing rhythm in scat improvisation.
- Identify, construct, and perform Latin rhythm.
- Identify, construct, and perform major scales.
Content Outline and Competencies:
I. Improvisation A. Construct a written blueprint of major, minor and dominant chords. B. Identify aurally the chords from above. C. Vocally perform the above chords using the scat syllables of ba, da, dooh and doot.” D. Create a basic vocal improvisation from above using syllables over a 12 bar blues in both a rehearsal and public performance venue. II. Latin Rhythm A. Identify by reading musical notation Latin rhythm. B. Aurally identify Latin rhythm. C. Construct a blueprint comparing and contrasting Swing and Latin rhythm. D. Vocally perform an eight measure improvisation using Latin rhythm during the course of a rehearsal. E. Create an entirely new improvisation of eight measures of Latin rhythm during a public performance. III. Major Scale A. Orally summarize the interval structure of a major scale. B. Identify by reading musical notation a Jazz composition based on a major scale. C. Aurally identify major scales in Jazz compositions. D. Vocally perform major scales from any given pitch in the tempo range of quarter note equals 60 to quarter note equals 120.
Method of Evaluation and Competencies:
Evaluation of student mastery of course competencies will be accomplished using the following methods:
Written Exam: Improvisation, Latin rhythm, major scales - 20% of grade. Listening Exam: cover same areas as above - 30% of grade. Performance Exam: same areas - 50% of grade. Grading Criteria: 90 - 100% = A 80 - 89% = B 70 - 79% = C 60 - 69% = D Below 60% = F
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