Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Final Assignments

Lester Young Solo

- Sing the solo with the recording. Email me the recording by Wednesday 3/5 at 8:00 PM

- Perform the solo memorized in class on or before Thursday 3/13

Two Compositions for Final Performance Friday 3/14 at 7:30 PM in Room 35

- 12 bar blues composition with one of the following forms:

      Four-bar A B riff repeated three times
      A, A, B (four bars each)
     Improvise over 12-bar blues in C and B-flat.

- Melody and improvisation over a drone. The piece can be rubato or over a rhythmic groove.

Reflection Paper 

Email to me by Thursday 3/20 at 8:00 PM

Write a short paper (at least two pages double-spaced) reflecting on your experience in the class. Discuss which concepts came naturally and which were more challenging. (Consider playing by ear, learning a swing feel, singing, thinking in scale degrees, transposition, composing riffs, improvisation over a blues, composing A B phrases, transcription, and performance in front of an audience.) Discuss any areas you are interested in exploring in the future and/or how they might inform your teaching.

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