Jazz Theory Online offers a unique approach to understanding the musical elements used in jazz improvisation and composition. This class can be taken by students of all instruments with no prior experience playing or studying jazz, students who play jazz “by ear”, and experienced jazz performers interested in brushing up/reinforcing/filling in the gaps in their knowledge of Jazz Theory.
Students should have a basic understanding of general music theory, equivalent to having completed Levine’s Music Theory for Adults: Intermediate. Before enrolling in Jazz Theory Online, students should have a working understanding of:
- Reading notes on the staff (treble and bass clef)
- Reading and performing rhythms
- Major and minor Scales
- Key signatures
- Triad construction
- Harmony and cadence
- Musition (Basic Theory Skills)
- Auralia (Ear Training Skills)
- Noteflight (Music Notation)
- Practice First (Sight Reading)
Students should have access to a computer or tablet with a microphone. Music First recommends the Google Chrome browser for optimal software performance.
For more information, please contact Evan Meier, Theory Department Chair, at (202) 686-8000 x1598 or firstname.lastname@example.org.