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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A conceptual method of learning jazz improvisation through studying the music of J. S. Bach
by Jones, Gary Scott, D.M.A., West Virginia University, 2014, 87; 3618108
Abstract (Summary)

Johann Sebastian Bach's music includes exceptional source material for learning jazz improvisation. This research document has three sections. Chapter 1 is a concise review of respected jazz studies literature. Chapters 2 through 4 introduce a jazz improvisation methodology with Bach's music as its source material. The appendix presents materials on topics such as using improvisation for learning music, understanding improvisation, and organ improvisation. The target audience members for this research document are improvisation teachers who already possess an applicable knowledge of improvisation, pop/jazz chord symbols, and traditional music theory. The figures contained in Chapters 2 through 4 guide educators through ways to incorporate each musical exercise into instruction. Other primary audience members for this improvisation methodology are classically-trained musicians who share a familiarity with J.S. Bach's music yet believe they have no improvisational creativity of their own.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jackson, Howard K.
Commitee: Jackson, Howard K., Scea, Paul, Taddie, David, Thompson, Virginia, Winsor, William J.
School: West Virginia University
Department: College of Creative Arts
School Location: United States -- West Virginia
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Bach, johann sebastian, Improvisation, Jazz, Method, Methodology, Techniqe
Publication Number: 3618108
ISBN: 978-1-303-86167-3
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