Jazz Keyboard

Jazz Keyboard
Lead sheets, chord voicings, and other aspects of jazz performance practice.
 Hours2.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesMUSIC 196 & MUSIC 222
 TaughtWinter, Spring
 ProgramsContaining MUSIC 391
Course Outcomes

Jazz Keyboarding

Students learn how to read lead sheets and how to appropriately voice chords on the piano.

Play standard tunes in the following ways using a lead sheet

Upon the successful completion of this course a student should be able

  • Melody in the right hand and basic chord inversions in the left hand
  • Chords only spread between both hands to comp behind a soloist, employing upper structure and altered chord harmony.
  • Rootless voicings in the left hand and embellished melody in the right hand while playing with bass and drums.
  • Play a solo piano ballad with rich jazz harmonies and moving textural lines.
  • Play the blues in four keys, demonstrating standard chord voicings and improvisational techniques.
  • Play II-V-I patterns in major and minor, using three voicing systems; 1735-1379, 1357-1793, and rootless voicings. These include harmonic extensions to the 13th and various forms of the altered dominant seventh chords and their substitutions.
  • Know and play all of the following modes and scales with correct fingerings: Dorian, Mixolydian, Jazz Minor, Lydian, Locrian, Whole Tone, Diminished (Octatonic) in two forms, Lydian Dominant, Super Locrian (Diminished Whole-Tone).