Nicolas Slonimsky's 'Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns'

Course Description
Nicolas Slonimsky's Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns, published in 1947, has been a source of inspiration for musicians as diverse as John Coltrane, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. The book offers an overwhelming amount of melodic vocabulary and patterns for improvisation and composition mostly based on octave division. Many musicians own a copy but because of the amount of information, not everyone is using it to maximum advantage.

The lessons consist of weekly sessions, in which we create and play each other's exercises and work systematically through the Thesaurus. Compositions based on material of the Thesaurus will be presented at a final concert of the workshop.

Course Details

teacher Jasper Blom
term September 2023-May 2024
method of instruction group lessons, 1,5 hours per week
class size 8-12
course requirements minimum attendance of 80% required
examination each student writes a final composition for solo instrument (cadenza) based on Slonimsky material that has been studied
  final concert
credits 5