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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
English
Subtitles: French, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), German, Russian, English, Spanish...

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
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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
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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
English
Subtitles: French, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), German, Russian, English, Spanish...

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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
Getting to Know You10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
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), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
4 videos
The Relationship Between Spoken Language & Music4m
Story-Telling3m
Creating Your Assignment (week 2)3m
1 reading
Spoken Language and Improvised Music10m
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), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
6 videos
Learning Scales4m
10 Most Important Scales4m
The Modes3m
Dominant 7 Scale Choices4m
Using Chord Scales3m
3 readings
The 7 Modes from Brightest to Darkest10m
3 Additional Scales10m
How to Record Yourself for Assignments10m
2 practice exercises
Identify the Scale30m
SELF ASSESSMENT: Understanding Others' Vocabulary30m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Making Scale Choices in Real Time

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 18 min)
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
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), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
5 videos
Guide-Tones3m
Using Guide-Tone Lines4m
Harmonic Motion 26m
Creating Your Assignment (week 5)2m
1 reading
Guide-Tone Line Examples Used in Week 4 Videos10m
2 practice exercises
Harmony30m
SELF ASSESSMENT: Memories of Tomorrow30m

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  • Yes. Learners should have basic proficiency on an instrument before enrolling in this course.

  • While prior knowledge of music theory concepts is not required for enrollment, it would be helpful for you to have a working knowledge of basic concepts, such as key signatures, chord scales, the circle of 5ths, etc. If you feel you need to review these concepts before enrolling in Jazz Improvisation, we recommend first enrolling the our Developing Your Musicianship course offered on Coursera.

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