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Jazz and Contemporary Improvised Music Studies

Students, both graduate and undergraduate, interested in the performance, composition, arrangement, and critical studies of Jazz & Contemporary Improvised Music have a number of opportunities to pursue their interests. All except Music 128 culminate in performance usually at the end of the semester. Participation is by permission of the instructor. All courses are open to both majors & non-majors.

Courses include:

  • Jazz Theory and Performance (Music 116A & B)
  • The Shape of Jazz to Come: Innovations in Jazz between 1959-1969 (Music 128Z/ZM)
  • Now’s the Time: How, When, and Why We Improvise (Music 128)
  • Private and Ensemble Instruction in Jazz & Improvisation (Music 168E)
  • Current Trends in Improvisation-based Musics: A Performance Workshop (Music 164)
  • Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective (Music 165)
  • Graduate Composers and Improvisers Interdisciplinary Workshop (Music 210)
  • Independent studies in jazz & contemporary improvised music (Music 199 & 299)

Instructors: Myra Melford teaches all of the above listed courses except for 116A & B which are taught by Ben Goldberg.