Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies

Jazz Courses at UNCG

The Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro offers the following courses to students interested in the study of jazz performance and history.

MUS 214-01 Jazz Appreciation (3 credits: offered every semester)

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00-3:15 pm

Introductory course designed to give the student new insights and general knowledge of all jazz styles. Does not require previous musical training.

Haines Conducting

MUP 204/605-01 Principles of Jazz Theory (2 credits: offered every spring)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:15 pm

Establishes a foundation of knowledge in jazz theory, stressing improvisation, jazz nomenclature, voice leading and basic chord substitution. In this class students learn by lecture, by rote, and with practical application of jazz improvisation.

MUP 104-01 Introduction to Jazz Listening (2 credits: offered every fall)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am to 11:50 am

This course introduces and enhances the power of listening to jazz music. With specific aural observation, the student will be able to hear more. This benefits our musicianship enormously.

MUP 321/664-01 Jazz Improvisation I (2 credits: offered every "even" year in the fall)

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-10:50 am

MUP 322/665-01 Jazz Improvisation II (2 credits: offered every "odd" year in the spring)

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-10:50 am

The first semester covers essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills and practice of integrating them into improvisation. The second semester involves continued development of knowledge and skills with emphasis on increased fluency and mastery.

MUP 409/609-01 Jazz Pedagogy (2 credits: offered every "even" year in the fall)

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00-2:50 pm

Study the principles of jazz interpretation, swing, improvisation, theory, and arranging. Procedures for organizing and administering jazz programs and for conducting small and large jazz rehearsals.

MUP 423/623-01 Jazz Arranging I (2 credits: offered every "odd" year in the fall)

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00-2:50 pm

This course introduces jazz arranging and composition for group sizes from duet to nonette. The music of Oscar Peterson, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Wheeler and others are studied.

MUS 424/624-01 Jazz Arranging II (2 credits: offered every "even" year in the spring)

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-10:50 am

This course introduces jazz arranging and composition for large jazz ensembles. The music of Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, Thad Jones, Jim McNeely, and Kenny Wheeler are studied. In this class, students are able to have their arrangements performed by the UNCG Jazz Ensemble I & II. Many of these arrangements are recorded.

MUP 460/663 Jazz History (3 credits: offered every "even" year in the spring)

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00-3:15 pm

Chronological survey of jazz music and history. Introduction to standard reference works and investigation of socio-cultural aspects.

ENS 348/648-02 Chamber Music: Jazz (1 credit:offered every semester)

Students meet twice a week to rehearse, and collectively Wednesdays from 5:00-5:50 pm

Several "combos" are organized each semester to provide the student an opportunity to study and perform standard jazz literature and original student compositions. The small jazz ensembles perform on campus and in local restaurants and clubs. Small jazz groups receive active training in the studio

ENS 395/695-01 Jazz Ensemble I (1 credit: offered every semester)

Students meet Mondays through Thursdays from noon-12:50 pm

ENS 396/696-01 Jazz Ensemble II (1 credit: offered every semester)

Students meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 -11:50 am

These large jazz ensembles rehearse and perform published music, and music of UNCG students.