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Learner Career Outcomes

71%

started a new career after completing these courses

46%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

10%

got a pay increase or promotion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Blues Progressions – Theory and Practice

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 50 min)
7 videos
Lesson 1 Introduction4m
Historical Overview (12:00)11m
Generic Blues (6:25)6m
Basic Blues Progression8m
Minor Blues (6:49)6m
AA’B Phrase Structures (5:54)5m
1 practice exercise
Quiz - Lesson 124m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Blues Scales

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 57 min)
6 videos
The Blues Scale (8:08)8m
Jazz Notation and Jazz Rhythm (12:34)12m
Blues Riffs (11:40)11m
Call and Response (6:34)6m
One-Scale Improvisation and “East Main Blues” (13:22)13m
1 practice exercise
Quiz - Lesson 222m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Keyboard Realization

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 65 min)
7 videos
Guide Tones (8:53)8m
Invertible Counterpoint (4:20)4m
Charleston Rhythm (10:04)10m
Four-Part Chords (9:35)9m
Five-Part Chords (9:43)9m
Comping Texture (18:58)18m
1 practice exercise
Quiz - Lesson 326m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

“Bird” Blues and Other Blues Progressions

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 52 min)
7 videos
“Now’s the Time” Progression - Analysis (5:45)5m
Ear Training Strategies (9:11)9m
“Billie’s Bounce” Progression - Analysis (4:49)4m
Rhythmic Displacement (10:34)10m
“Blues for Alice” Progression - Analysis (6:06)6m
Practical Tips (13:01)13m
1 practice exercise
Quiz - Lesson 420m
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Top reviews from The Blues: Understanding and Performing an American Art Form

By DZMar 4th 2017

This is very practical and useful course. I really learned something from it! I love this courser and I strongly recommend this course to everyone who is fascinated in Blues.

By JJSep 18th 2017

Thanks so much to all involved - I found the material to be clearly presented and rich in content. It really helped me to understand how to grow in my jazz exploration.

Instructor

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Dariusz Terefenko 

Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media
Eastman School of Music
21,056 Learners
1 Course

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