MUS-226: Jazz Theory and Improvisation II
Course, prefix, number, & title: MUS-226 Jazz Theory and Improvisation II
Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours
Pre-requisites (if any): MUS-225 with a grade of C or better
Co-requisites (if any): none
Course Description in college catalog:
Continuation of topics covered in MUS-225, with additional study devoted to recent changes and innovations in jazz theory.
Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:
General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.
Communicate effectively in various forms
Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
Course-specific student learning outcomes:
1. Develop skills necessary in understanding jazz chord progressions common to a body of standard repertoire, with the addition of several advanced harmonic progressions and melodic constructions, building upon skills learned in MUS-225
2. Continue developing skills in analysis of jazz lead sheets and transcribed jazz improvised solos
3. Transcribe improvised jazz solos, building upon skills learned in Sight Singing and Ear Training
4. Demonstrate the application of the aforesaid objectives through real-time improvisation on an instrument or voice as well as in composition of basic melodies and chord progressions in the jazz idiom
Prepare students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution of higher learning to pursue a career in music by providing a solid foundation in the areas of musicianship and performance.
Provide the general college students with the opportunities to study music in a variety of classes that promotes intellectual inquiry, global awareness and lifelong active learning.
Other program outcomes (if applicable).
Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives
Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:
Students will be evaluated through graded assignments including several in-class quizzes, weekly take-home assignments, a cumulative midterm, a final project, a two-page concert report, and attendance. The grade breakdown is as follows:
Attendance and Class Participation: 5%
Concert Report: 5%
Weekly Graded Assignments: 25%
Cumulative Midterm Exam: 20%
Final Project: 20%
Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.