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Jazz and Contemporary Music

Species Counterpoint

Classical species counterpoint is an effective tool for developing the ear to hear and react to the subtleties of interacting melodic lines. It cultivates a linear sophistication for both improvisation and composition. The study of species counterpoint dates back to the pre-Baroque and comprises a series of little “puzzles” that must be “solved” within strict guidelines. In addition to exploring two- and three-voice settings, the course also explores creative application of contrapuntal techniques to jazz tunes. Prerequisite: second semester of Theory I or equivalent. 2 credits

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