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 Jazz Improvisation

NFQ Level 6 (5 ECTS credits)

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This course introduces students with technical proficiency on their instrument/voice to the concept of jazz improvisation and performance.  Students will be taught in an ensemble format, with an emphasis on self-directed preparation.  Subjects covered include:

  • Jazz Ear Training
  • Jazz Harmony & Theory
  • Improvisation
  • Rhythm
  • Jazz Standard Songs
  • Transcription
  • Analysis of Solos
  • History of Jazz
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Jazz Technique (general)

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course students will have:

  • A knowledge and understanding of the practical application of jazz harmony and theory, improvisation and jazz techniques.
  • A knowledge of the broad periods of the history of jazz and appropriate repertoire.
  • A competency in performing selected jazz standards within ensemble settings.
  • A competency in performing as part of an ensemble and understanding of the role of the students’ instrument/voice within a ensemble context.

On completion of the course, students will receive 5 ECTS at NFQ Level 6.

Class Details

Day/Time: Monday, 7pm

Duration: Semester 1 and 2

Venue: Room G17, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, 163–7 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6

Fee: €330 in 2016-17

How to Apply: Click here to apply

Further Information

Kevin Hanafin, Head of Orchestral Studies,