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Intermediate Level

Students should be able to play an instrument at a beginner level and be familiar with basic music notation.

Approx. 14 hours to complete
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What you will learn

  • Use storytelling as a tool to improve your improvisation

  • Practice and use various scales to improve your improvisation skills

  • Identify harmonic motion in a song

  • Use guide tones and guide tone lines when you're improvising

Skills you will gain

Music PerformanceMusicJazzJazz Improvisation

Learner Career Outcomes

33%

started a new career after completing these courses

20%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Intermediate Level

Students should be able to play an instrument at a beginner level and be familiar with basic music notation.

Approx. 14 hours to complete
English

Instructor

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Berklee College of Music

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Welcome to Jazz Improvisation

1 hour to complete
3 videos (Total 9 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
Learning Music Online2m
How this Course Works4m
5 readings
A Note From Your Teaching Assistant10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
Join the Discussion!10m
1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?30m
2 hours to complete

Improvisation as a Language

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 14 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
The Relationship Between Spoken Language & Music4m
Story-Telling3m
Creating Your Assignment (week 2)3m
2 readings
Spoken Language and Improvised Music10m
Join Your Study Group10m
1 practice exercise
SELF ASSESSMENT: Improvisation as a Language30m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

The Improviser's Vocabulary

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 24 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
6 videos
Learning Scales4m
10 Most Important Scales4m
The Modes3m
Dominant 7 Scale Choices4m
Using Chord Scales3m
4 readings
The 7 Modes from Brightest to Darkest10m
3 Additional Scales10m
Join Your Study Group10m
How to Record Yourself for Assignments10m
2 practice exercises
Identify the Scale30m
SELF ASSESSMENT: Understanding Others' Vocabulary30m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Making Scale Choices in Real Time

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 18 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Finding the Correct Major Scale2m
Chord Scale Method2m
Finding the Correct Minor Chord Scale2m
Minor Examples1m
Finding the Correct Dominant Chord Scale5m
Creating Your Assignment (week 4)2m
1 reading
Join Your Study Group10m
2 practice exercises
Scale Choices30m
SELF ASSESSMENT: 500 Miles High30m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Harmony for Improvisers

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 20 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
5 videos
Guide-Tones3m
Using Guide-Tone Lines4m
Harmonic Motion 26m
Creating Your Assignment (week 5)2m
2 readings
Guide-Tone Line Examples Used in Week 4 Videos10m
Join Your Study Group10m
2 practice exercises
Harmony30m
SELF ASSESSMENT: Memories of Tomorrow30m

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