Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Music 215. Jazz Theory

The course takes the student from the basic techniques of interval theory, chord construction and inversion through diatonic harmony, chord scale theory, diatonic modes and modulations. Other topics include the original blues progression and its variations, the original “Rhythm” changes form and its variations, John Coltrane’s tri-tonic system of harmony, a study of re-harmonization, song forms, slash chords, hybrid chords, the bebop and pentatonic scales, superimposition on chords and how to read a lead sheet and memorize tunes easily. Students will learn through analysis of popular and jazz standards from the 1930s to the present day.