Bebop Harmony
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Department: Composition/Theory
Course Number: JCTH 4312
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This class uses the skill set of focused attention, memorization, retention, ear training, and creativity to study and explore the creation of melody through the common movements encountered in traditional tonal harmony. It is deeply rooted in the approach of pianist Barry Harris and traverses through the exploration of scales and common movements, to create melodies with strong cadences using different harmonic choices. Through Mr. Harris’ simple but profound approach students discover the many choices available to them when improvising through changing tonalities and are challenged to construct melodies which use these devices effectively. Material covered includes dominant seventh scales, triads, chords, tri-tone relationships, diminished chords, whole tone scales, augmented chords, and chromaticisms. Emphasis is on the practical application of these concepts in a melodic, personal, and creative fashion to common Jazz standards. Students are required to bring their instruments for class participation. Prerequisite: Theory 2B or equivalent.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Theory 1B


Open to Lang/Jazz BA/BFA students.

Open to School of Jazz & Contemp Music students.


Open to Undergraduate students.