This is an advanced-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 scat, improvisation in 32-bar song form, Lydian scales and ballad style. 3 hrs./wk.
Prerequisites: MUS 197 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 a vocal scat in 32 bar song form.
- Identify, construct and perform lydian scales.
- Identify and perform ballad style.
Content Outline and Competencies:
I. Improvisation A. Identify by reading musical notation the harmonic structure of 32 bar song form. B. Aurally identify the harmonic structure of 32 bar form. C. Create a vocal improvisation over the harmonic structure of a composition based on this form using the basic scat syllables of “da” and “ba.” D. Transcribe the above improvisation into written musical notation. E. Perform this improvisation in both a rehearsal and public performance. II. Lydian Scales A. Orally summarize the interval structure of a lydian scale. B. Recognize aurally and by reading musical notation a Jazz composition based on a lydian scale. C. Vocally perform a lydian scale from any given pitch in the tempo range of quarter note equals 60 to quarter note equals 120. D. Create an eight measure vocal improvisation based on a lydian scale. E. Perform the above improvisation in both a rehearsal and public performance. III. Ballad Style A. Construct a written definition of ballad style indicating proper tempo, phrase groupings, and rhythmic interpretation. B. Identify aurally and by reading musical notation a composition written in ballad style. C. Vocally perform a ballad style in a public performance rendering the proper interpretation of tempo, phrase groupings and rhythm.
Method of Evaluation and Competencies:
Evaluation of student mastery of course competencies will be accomplished using the following methods:
Written Exam: Scat improvisation in 32 bar form - 20% of grade. Listening Exam: same areas - 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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