Music-Jazz Studies (MUJZ)

Music and Fine Arts

MUJZ M107 Jazz Piano and Theory 2 crs.

This course is a study of the theory of jazz harmony, notation, and related functional piano skills. Ear training is also emphasized. This course is a prerequisite to MUTH M304 Jazz Composition and MUTH M309 Modern Arranging.

MUJZ M108 Improvisation I 2 crs.

This course is an introduction to jazz improvisation with focus on melodic development for improvisation and ear training. Also explored are general performance practices and basic theory. Improvisation I is recommended as a prerequisite for MUTH M304 Jazz Composition and MUTH M309 Modern Arranging.

MUJZ M109 Improvisation II 2 crs.

This course is a continuation of Improvisation I. The focus is on chord/scale relationships as well as motivic development, ear training, and record transcriptions.

MUJZ M208 Improvisation III 2 crs.

This course is a continuation of Improvisation II with an emphasis on classic "standard tune" literature.

MUJZ M209 Improvisation IV 2 crs.

This course is a continuation of Improvisation III.

MUJZ M308 Improvisation V 2 crs.

This course is a continuation of Improvisation IV with an emphasis on "classics" composed by jazz artists.

MUJZ M309 Improvisation VI 2 crs.

This course is a continuation of Improvisation V with a final project consisting of transcriptions and biographical research into jazz artists on the student’s major instrument.

MUJZ M499 Independent Study arr.