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MUS 420 - Improvisation I

Improvisation in theory and practice. Hands-on development of the musical vocabulary of improvisation of jazz, Indian classical music, and other world cultures. Application of melody-harmony relationships to instrumental/vocal performance. Techniques for the composition and improvisation of original melodies with emphasis on melodic sequences, nuance, and mixed rhythmic patterns. Prerequisite: MUS 221 and 226, or departmental permission. 2 credits.


MUS 421 - Improvisation II

Continuation of MUS 420. Improvisation in theory and practice. Application of advanced melodic/harmonic relationships to instrumental/vocal performance. Emphasis on styles, group performance, and analysis of selected idioms and their application to individual creative expression. Prerequisite: MUS 420. 2 credits.