Instrumental – Special Topics

Course Description

Chord Substitutions and Arrangements of Standard Repertoire

In this class, students use one song each day for comparative listening and analysis. Students will look at a common lead sheet for each tune and then listen to several versions of that tune recorded by a variety of major artists looking for harmonic differences from the lead sheet and between the recorded versions. Also, students will examine arrangement attributes of the performance such as style, tempo, intro, ending, and ensemble choruses.

This class is designed to advance students toward a greater sense of artistry and depth in jazz performance. Special topics will depend on the instructor and session.