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Course Name: Jazz Improvisation and Performance Choir
Course Number: MUS 50
Course Objectives:
  • Students will perform an assigned transcribed scat solo with appropriate scat syllables using correct rhythms and pitches. They will perform these solos with at least 80% accuracy.
  • Students will be able to perform a bass line, melody line, and a scat solo to an assigned jazz chart.
  • The Mt SAC Jazz Improv and Performance Choir will travel to compete at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey. Competition is important in measuring student success as well as gaining recognition for the college as a whole. This SLO will be measured by the scores and comments acquired during competition. It is expected that the students should score a minimum of 80 out of 100 from each of the 4 judges. Students will also gain exposure to other community college programs as well a 4 year university programs. Students will also gain an educational benefit through the various master classes offered throughout the festival.
  • Discuss and define the qualities of good vocal jazz solo singing.
  • Determine keys and modes for various vocal jazz charts.
  • Write out transcriptions of vocal and instrumental improvisation solos.
  • Demonstrate appropriate vocal-jazz articulations (pure vowels, clipped consonants, etc.) while performing.
  • Prepare small group song interpretations of vocal jazz charts
  • Perform scat solos and critique them in rehearsal.