Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

AR-111

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Matthew Nicholl
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PW-111 or satisfactory placement score
Department: CWP

A study of the musical concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony, and form as applied to the principles and techniques of writing and arranging for the rhythm section (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, basic percussion) and a lead-line for a solo instrument, two horns (trumpet plus alto or tenor saxophone), or voice. Focus on the conceptual process of combining individual components to create a musically satisfying arrangement. Exploration of the use and integration of MIDI technology and sequencing as they relate to rhythm section and lead-line writing. Study of various contemporary musical styles and musical concepts that comprise them, including writing from the bottom up (groove-driven) and top down (working with a melody in a lead instrument or voice). Writing assignments will incorporate combinations of acoustic, electronic, and MIDI instruments.

AR-112

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Matthew Nicholl
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: CWPR and JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-111 and HR-112
Department: CWP

Study of the properties of the trumpet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trombone, and baritone saxophone, and the writing/arranging processes of standard and spread voicings, approach techniques, melodic embellishment, and guide tone backgrounds. Focus is on applying the writing processes to soli and background writing for two-, three-, four-, and five-part combinations of these instruments. It is recommended that CW-171 be taken by CWPR majors prior to enrolling in AR-112.

AR-201

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Eric Gould
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-112 and HR-211
Department: JCMP

Five- and six-part writing for instruments. Application of voicings in seconds, thirds, and fourths. Upper-structure triads, clusters, and other nonmechanical voicings derived from chord scales. Extensive score analysis.

AR-228

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Eric Gould
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: JCMP

A comprehensive study of the evolution of jazz arranging and composition from the 1920s to the present. Score analysis of representative works by Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Thad Jones, and others. Extensive listening. Written arrangements not required.

AR-313

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212 or both CM-252 and CP-210 or CP-212
Department: MUED

Orchestration for wind, string, and percussion groups as used at the secondary school level. Principles of score layout/arranging for concert band and high school orchestra.

AR-314

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212 or CM-252
Department: MUED

Arranging for high school vocal groups. Principles of part-writing for various combinations of voices. Writing piano accompaniments. End-of-semester arranging project required.

AR-316

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-112
Department: MUED

Principles of writing for high school jazz ensembles with standard and mixed instrumentation. Range problems, rhythm section parts, special considerations for high school musicians. Examination of published scores.

AR-321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Eric Gould
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-371
Department: JCMP

Development of individual writing creativity. Emphasis on the building of confidence in writing clear, memorable lead lines based on standard song forms. Discussions on the relationship of speech patterns to melody. Individual conferences with the instructor when necessary. Written projects required.

AR-328

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Eric Gould
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-201 and HR-212
Department: JCMP

The arranging of original tunes combining both traditional jazz techniques and contemporary compositional concepts. Analysis of taped examples.

AR-331

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Eric Gould
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-201, AR-228, and HR-212
Department: JCMP

Methodology of big band arranging. Analysis of scores by classic and contemporary big band arrangers. Library assignments and class discussion. Written arrangements and score analysis projects required.

AR-340

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Eric Gould
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-201
Department: JCMP

Jazz arranging techniques for the rhythm section and various small-group instrumental combinations of up to three horns (melodic voices). Emphasis on developing complete rhythm section sound (with or without winds) and advanced voicing techniques (including interval-based voicings, linear approach techniques, and constant structure).

AR-407

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Eric Gould
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-331 and CM-371
Department: JCMP

Extended applications of standard big band scoring techniques. Analysis of devices found in the compositions of major jazz writers.

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