Jazz Improvisation I ☆

| September 4, 2012
AH&M 4059
Jazz Improvisation I
Fall 2012
Thursdays 4:10-5:50pm
In Jazz Improvisation I, students will be introduced to the fundamentals and principles associated with improvisation in a jazz context, both from a performance perspective as well as a classroom teacher viewpoint.  In short, the objective of the class will be to not only learn about jazz, but to actively learn how to improvise in a jazz style as well as discover how to integrate jazz improvisation into both playing situations as well as teaching environments.
The ability to improvise in music is becoming an essential skill in the modern music classroom, and knowledge of and experience with the process involved with musical improvisation is invaluable on many levels, particularly with respect to teaching music in virtually any context.  This class will combine elements of theoretical understanding, fundamental jazz listening, and practical application as musicians in learning to improvise and play in group settings.  The class will be expected to attend jazz performances, discuss the implications and applications of jazz improvisation in current music education, and give their own performances throughout the semester, with the end goal of a better understanding of how jazz functions on both the practical and aesthetic level, particularly for the every day music educator.
About the instructor:
Victor Lin is currently the director of Jazz Studies at The Calhoun School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, as well as a Music Associate directing jazz ensembles at Columbia University.  In addition, Victor has taught for 14 years at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, where he also currently serves on its advisory board.
An active professional jazz pianist and jazz violinist, Victor performs regularly throughout the city and has headlined at venues such as The Knickerbocker, Flushing Town Hall, Tribeca PAC, and The Blue Note.  Victor received his doctorate in music education from Teachers College in 2011, focusing his research on the formative learning environments of professional jazz pianists.