Today was mostly about exploring jazz theory and the variety of ways you could read a chord notation.
Like legacy concepts in programming, the traditional methods of describing music in jazz is not as efficient as it can be and in some cases, not applicable at all. Jazz breaks too many rules of traditional notation, so much so that it makes more sense to have its own dedicated methodology.
We explored Dominant 7 chords and what it means when they are notated in different contexts on a score or piece of music. Such examples of these 'shorthand' notations were common in early romantic era, more so for the harpsichord where one of the main reasons doing so was to save parchment paper.
Ultimately, jazz musicians are crazy good instrumentalists with the ability to improv at a moment's notice. To do this, you need to depend on your knowledge of music theory as if it was a comfy pair of pyjamas.
Learning the cello as an adult started as a dare but has now turned into an ongoing love affair; I hope to one day make her sing to her full potential. In the meantime, all spare time and moments are dedicated to this wonderful instrument as I am unable to think about anything else, much to the dismay of my other half :}
This is an attempt to remember the classes I have taken so that I don't forget.