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This subject examines the skills individual performers require in the development of a range of repertoire appropriate to the specialist areas, leading to individual presentations in formal recital environments. The subject includes individual lessons with expert practitioners, as well as group classes, which focus on the art of improvisation and developing the ability to compose and perform in real time.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- employ basic techniques of functional harmony as related to jazz-based chord construction in jazz-based repertoire;
- apply basic techniques of contemporary rhythmic practice to jazz-based repertoire;
- prepare and perform a recital program of jazz-based repertoire with skill and confidence;
- appraise their practice regime in terms of efficacy in achieving development goals;
- apply a developing understanding of non genre-based compositional tools to improvisation;
- explore the connection between 'real-time' composition and concepts of 'flow' and 'play';
- critically self-reflect and apply creative problem-solving to their development as improvising musicians.
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline;
- have reached a high level of achievement in creative artistic practice, problem solving and communication;
- be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
- have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems.
Last updated: 10 November 2023