Date of Last Revision

2023-05-03 13:02:07


Music - Woodwinds Performance

Degree Name

Bachelor of Music

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2019


This project is an organization of the author’s thoughts on teaching jazz improvisational concepts to saxophonists at a beginning to intermediate level of playing ability. Firstly, it discusses the skills students should acquire before studying jazz improvisation. It will focus primarily on building good practice habits through the development of desirable jazz tone and technique. Additionally, this project will offer explanations for understanding how jazz standards are constructed in terms of form and how they are performed. Lastly, this project will introduce several basic concepts the student can use to construct improvised melodies, such as modal scales, blues scales, seventh chord arpeggios, guide tones, and enclosures. Short exercises are provided to facilitate the student’s understanding of these concepts.

Research Sponsor

Todd Gaffke

First Reader

Brooks Toliver

Second Reader

Cynthia Cioffari



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