Jazz Improvisation

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While many people are fans of jazz and understand that musicians are often “making up” the notes they are playing during a performance, most people—often including musicians, themselves, who are beginning to learn improvising—aren’t clear about what exact processes take place to enable this to happen. The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic concepts of modern improvisation and how to go about mastering the different musical and mental skills involved.

Course author Gary Burton codifies a sought-after approach to improvisation that has been at the core of Berklee College of Music's curriculum for decades. Students who complete this course will know what to practice and how to practice the various aspects of improvising, in addition to understanding how the improviser spontaneously communicates to the listeners through their musical creations.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 5 months ago
I had tried learning some jazz improvisation and theory on my own, but I wasn't making very quick progress. This course really jump started my learning by filling in some important concepts I had missed and giving concrete ways to practice the material. My biggest complaint is that Gary sometimes breezes through really complex topics. I think he's been doing this so long that he doesn't realize a 30 second description is not nearly enough to sink in for new students. However, the topics were specific enough that I could independently research them to get a better understanding. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in jazz improvisation who has prior music theory experience and is proficient in at least one instrument. While you can complete it in 3-4 hours, it's really something you need to practice every day to get the full benefits of.
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7/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 5 months ago
I'm a classically trained pianist who was never exposed to Improv. Gary is a wonderful engaging teacher and I have a lifetime of info from which to continue learning. My only frustration is that there seemed to be NO ONE monitoring any of the forums or answering questions. In other MOOCs I have taken, there were TA's or other assistants to for some guidance. Other than that, I LOVED the class.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
I'm a seasoned musician, Berklee alum, but have never taken a course in Jazz Improv. It's a very fun course if you are experienced. This is NOT recommended if you have less than 1 year of music theory under your belt.
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7/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 9 months ago
Very useful material, covered concisely. Interesting assigments and choice of musical pieces, good lead sheets + accompaniment material. However, technical errors in lecture material corrected rather late. Quizzes were frustrating since free form text boxes only allowed one spelling/wording (not necessarily the main one introduced in the lectures) for several equivalent correct answers. Peer review assigments provided misleading instructions in grading rubric, giving only 50% points for what was described as "as good as perfect" (100% only for superb), but at the end failing threshold was set at 70%.
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