Luther offers a jazz studies experience through two big bands, multiple combos, open jam-sessions, applied improvisation lessons, and improvisation, theory/arranging, and history classes. Students interested in jazz studies are advised to supplement the music major requirements with the courses below. Additional questions can be directed to jazz studies professors Juan Tony Guzmán and Jon Ailabouni.
MUS 130, 230, 330, 430 Private Instruction: Jazz Improvisation (1 hour)
MUS 135 Principles of Improvisation (2 hours)
A seminar that introduces instrumentalists and vocalists to basic concepts and techniques of music improvisation. Individual and ensemble exercises guide students in explorations of jazz, blues, and free-form styles. Special regard is given to personal philosophy and harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic vocabulary.
MUS 247 History of Jazz (4 hours)
A survey of the history and development of jazz, from the 1890's to the present. Includes origins and early jazz through the modern jazz era. Listening activities focus on the major figures of each historical period. Offered alternate years. (Same as AFRS 247) (HEPT, Hist, Intcl)
MUS 273 Chamber Music (1 hour) (For jazz combo credit)
Instruction in the literature for small ensembles. Ensembles should be approved by an instructor before registration. Open to all students regardless of major. All ensemble members must be registered.
MUS 300 Jazz Orchestra
MUS 300 Jazz Band