Date of Award
Master of Music
School of Music
Dr. Samantha Inman
Dr. Stephen Lias
Dr. J. D. Salas
Dr. Court Carney
This thesis surveys various approaches to improvisation from four jazz musicians through transcription and analysis and applies the devices learned to teach improvisation in the college classroom. The opening chapters transcribe and analyze four jazz solos: Bill Evans’ “Someday My Prince Will Come,” Oscar Peterson’s “On Green Dolphin Street,” Benny Green’s “Blue Monk,” and George Coleman’s “Maiden Voyage.” Based on this analysis, the final chapter develops basic exercises for in-class instruction in improvisation on the following topics: blues form and blue notes, chord arpeggios, triadic approach, triplet arpeggio, melodic line, octave displacement, chromatic approach, encircling tones, and motivic development. Reducing the challenges to teaching jazz improvisation in the college classroom, these exercises encourage experimentation and enable students to develop their own improvisation.
Jung, Gina, "FOUR JAZZ SOLOS: TRANSCRIPTION, ANALYSIS, AND PEDAGOGICAL APPLICATION" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 420.
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