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Jazz at SCE

David Zoffer, chair
Rick McLaughlin, assistant chair

Jazz ensembles are designed for instrumentalists and vocalists who wish to work with a complete rhythm section and are formed at all levels. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of various jazz styles and improvisation techniques. An introduction to the harmonic and analytic vocabulary used by jazz musicians for compositional and improvisational development.
 

Jazz Ensembles

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David Zoffer, Chair and Coordinator
Members of the Jazz Faculty
Saturday afternoons or weekday evenings
1.5 credits or non-credit: $1090
Auditions: TBA
OFFERED FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS

This class is recommended for students who are not familiar with basic jazz harmonic vocabulary. Class topics include chord construction, key signatures, diatonic modes and chord scales, basic extended jazz harmony, guide tones, and voice leading, as found in standard jazz chord progressions. Students will also learn to apply the theory concepts to their instruments. Students also compose pieces demonstrating their familiarity with Jazz theory concepts. It is important to note that very different material is covered in this class than in a classical theory class. This class will make Jazz private lesson time more effective, because the private teacher can concentrate on technique and improvisation instead spending time on building a solid theory foundation. The information covered in this class is so critical to Jazz players, that if it is not covered in a class setting, a private teacher will end up spending lesson time on it. Emphasis is on understanding common technical terms and also on learning to quickly apply theoretical constructs to playing and/or singing in a performance setting. The class will feature excerpts from notable jazz recordings to illustrate the various concepts being explored.

Participants must audition before registering.

(Note: to receive credit for jazz ensembles, students must prepare regularly for rehearsals and perform in jazz recitals. Small ensembles are offered at only one credit/non-credit price.)

For more information or to sign up please contact: rick.mclaughlin@necmusic.edu and fill out the placement questionaire.

Theory

Jazz Theory I

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Joel Yennior, SCE Jazz department instructor
Mon 6:00-7:30 pm
1.5 credits: $1090
Non-credit: $735

OFFERED FALL SEMESTER ONLY
An introduction to the harmonic and analytic vocabulary used by jazz musicians for compositional and improvisational development. Emphasis is on understanding common technical terms and also on learning to quickly apply theoretical constructs to playing and/or singing in a performance setting. The class will feature excerpts from notable jazz recordings to illustrate the various concepts being explored. Class topics include chord construction, key signatures, diatonic modes and chord scales, basic extended jazz harmony, guide tones, and voice leading, as found in standard jazz chord progressions.

Jazz Theory II

Joel Yennior, SCE Jazz department instructor
Mon 6:00 - 7:30 pm
1.5 credits: $1090
Non-credit: $735

OFFERED SPRING SEMESTER ONLY 
A continuation and expansion of concepts introduced in Jazz Theory I, with additional focus on the harmonic, melodic and analytic devices used by jazz musicians for compositional and improvisational development. Topics of study include modal jazz improvisation techniques, slash chords and polychords, 7th chord extensions and altered chord tensions, dominant substituion scales, analysis of transcribed jazz solos, and the minor ii/V/I progression and minor blues forms.

Prerequisite: Jazz Theory I.

Jazz Theory III

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Rick McLaughlin, SCE Jazz department assistant chair
Tue 6:30 - 8:00 pm
1.5 credits: $1090
Non-credit: $735

FALL SEMESTER ONLY
A continuation and expansion of the analytic principles and jazz vocabulary introduced in Jazz Theory I. The same basic format is used from Jazz Theory II, but there is more emphasis on improvisational application and composition than in Jazz Theory II. Students must take Jazz Theory II as a prerequisite or test into this class with the Jazz theory placement quiz. Class topics include “modern” harmonic movement, modal hierarchies, chord substitutions, alternate modes, compound chords, chromatism, and improvisational pacing of theoretical concepts. The class will use recordings of well-known jazz pieces to demonstrate theory concepts. Students will spend much time analyzing compositions and improvisations by jazz masters, and composing.

Prerequisite: Jazz Theory II

Jazz Theory IV

Rick McLaughlin, SCE Jazz department assistant chair
Tue 6:00 - 7:30 pm
1.5 credits: $1090
Non-credit: $735

SPRING SEMESTER ONLY 
A continuation of concepts introduced in Jazz Theory III.

Prerequisite: Jazz Theory III.

Ear Training

Jazz Ear Training I

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Eyran Katsenelenbogen, SCE Jazz department instructor
Mon 7:30 - 8:30 pm
1 credit: $725
Non-credit: $490

FALL SEMESTER ONLY
A class designed to give students basic aural recognition skills, using jazz musical vocabulary, and to function as an aural counterpart to Jazz Theory I. Placement for this class is done during the Jazz Placement auditions. Emphasis is on ear identification, vocal imitation, and rhythmic development. This class is strongly recommended for instrumentalists who need to make a stronger connection to what they hear when they improvise, instead of just playing preconceived phrases. Emphasis is on simple interval recognition, basic jazz rhythmical rudiments, aural identification of beginning jazz harmony, simple transcription, and vocal and instrumental imitation. The class includes singing (no previous experience is necessary) and playing of instruments.

Jazz Ear Training II

Eyran Katsenelenbogen, SCE Jazz department instructor
Mon 7:30 - 8:30 pm
1 credit: $725
Non-credit: $490

SPRING SEMESTER ONLY 
A continuation of concepts introduced in Jazz Ear Training I.

Prerequisite: Jazz Ear Training I.

Jazz Ear Training III

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Eyran Katsenelenbogen, SCE Jazz department instructor

Mon 8:30 - 9:30 pm
1 credit: $725
Non-credit: $490

FALL SEMESTER ONLY
A continuation and expansion of Jazz Ear Training II. Students learn how to sing jazz voice leading lines, identify extended jazz harmony, imitate complex rhythmic figures, transcribe complex melodies and solos, and imitate singers and instrumentalists. The class includes singing and playing of instruments; portable recorders are required. Prerequisite: completion of either Jazz Ear Training I or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite: Jazz Ear Training II.

Jazz Ear Training IV

Eyran Katsenelenbogen, SCE Jazz department instructor
Mon 8:30 - 9:30 pm
1 credit: $725
Non-credit: $490

SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
A continuation of concepts introduced in Jazz Ear Training III.

Prerequisite: Jazz Theory III.

Composition and Arranging

Jazz Composition and Analysis

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Rick McLaughlin, SCE Jazz department assistant chair

Tues 5:00 - 6:30 pm
1.5 credits: $1090
Non-credit: $735

FALL SEMESTER ONLY
This course focuses on various techniques and methods of composing—such as motivic development, rhythmic manipulation, and reharmonization—as well as on the structure of form and phrase. Exercises and assignments stem from an in-depth analysis of important jazz compositions and recordings. Prerequisite: completion of or current enrollment in Jazz Theory II, or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite: Completion of or current enrollment in Jazz Theory II.

Jazz Arranging

Rick McLaughlin, SCE Jazz department assistant chair
8:30-10:00pm
1.5 credits: $1090
Non-credit: $735

SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
This course teaches students to compose and arrange parts for a small jazz ensemble. Topics covered include jazz notation for both rhythmic and melodic instruments; ranges and basic timbres of woodwind and brass instruments; technical limitations of instruments; writing introductions, interludes, background figures, and endings; and in-class demonstrations by professional musicians. Portable cassette recorders are required; private lessons are also available. Prerequisite: completion of or current enrollment in Jazz Theory II, or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite: Jazz Composition and Analysis

Jazz History

Jazz History I

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Rick McLaughlin, SCE Jazz department assistant chair
Tues 8:00 - 9:00 pm

1 credit: $725
Non-credit: $490

FALL SEMESTER ONLY
The first half of a comprehensive overview, including recordings and in class discussion, of the evolution of American jazz from its roots in African folksong and ritual through the present day. Related topics such as Crossover, Third Stream, Fusion, and jazz-influenced classical music will also be considered. Emphasis is on listening and class discussion, with possible live in-class performances. There are also reading and listening assignments, plus a final paper each semester that will be a report on a live jazz performance of the student’s choice. There are listening and reading assignments. Presentations are done at the end of semesters on a live Jazz performance of the student's choice. This course is crucial for jazz students, because it will help students find out which styles of jazz inspire them, and make them informed listeners. A Jazz student must be able to tell his/her private teacher about their favorite jazz artists or styles of jazz, for the quickest musical growth to occur, and the jazz ensembles always draw on many eras of jazz history in each semester’s repertoire.

Jazz History II

Rick McLaughlin, SCE Jazz department assistant chair
Tues 7:30 - 8:30 pm
1 credit: $725
Non-credit: $490

SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
A completion of the history of American jazz as begun in Jazz History I. 

Prerequisite: Jazz History I.