Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

Files in this item



application/pdfCandace Thomas_revised title page.pdf (13MB)


Title:The Jazz Improvisational Approach: A New Method For Learning A Classical Piece Of Music By Employing Jazz Education Methods
Author(s):Thomas, Candace Nicole
Advisor(s):Scully, Bernhard David
Contributor(s):Professor Stephen Taylor; Solis, Gabriel; Pugh, James
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:The purpose of this document is to introduce a novel way to learn a new piece of classical music by use of a jazz improvisational approach. Within this document, a jazz improvisational approach (JIA) is defined as a method of learning music through common practices utilized by jazz performers and educators. The musical language and style of the learned piece of music will not be of the jazz idiom, but will remain classical in nature. I began the process by transcribing, without access to the printed music, Johann Michael Haydn's Concertino For Horn and Orchestra in D Major from audio recordings. After I transcribed the piece, I continued to more fully learn the piece by using the JIA, which included the following steps: composing cadenzas, creating derivative etudes to solve technical issues within the piece, and creating improvisatory exercises and patterns that draw from the musical content of the work. My research will show the effectiveness of using a JIA to learn a piece of classical music as a pedagogical and performance tool as an alternative to the traditional way of learning unfamiliar classical music.
Issue Date:2014-10
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Thomas, Candace Nicole. THE JAZZ IMPROVISATIONAL APPROACH: A NEW METHOD FOR LEARNING A CLASSICAL PIECE OF MUSIC BY EMPLOYING JAZZ EDUCATION METHODS. Doctoral Project thesis submitted at the University of Illlinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music, 2014.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-04-09

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Item Statistics