What is the course about?
To learn to interpret swing phrases at sight and to able to notate swing rhythms upon hearing.
What will we cover?
The rules of jazz swing phrasing and notation; recognition of phrasing; notation of jazz swing phrasing; use of dynamic and articulation markings; syncopation; dynamic rules concerning function of the phrase.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Read a swing rhythm and know at sight how it should sound.
Notate a swing rhythm from hearing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to have a reasonable understanding of rhythm reading/notation and have an interest in big band/jazz music.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Listening to examples; singing and clapping rhythms; writing out rhythms and dictation.
You are expected to consolidate what we have covered in class to improve your skill and dexterity.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need to bring manuscript paper, a pencil and a rubber.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details