Jazz Composition Courses
Post Bebop Harmonic Innovations
Survey and analysis of music growing out of the bebop jazz era. Extensive study of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, and Thelonious Monk. Discussion of blues forms and modal harmony used in the 1960s. Application of concepts through composition of original music.
Directed Study in Jazz Composition
Individualized instruction designed to guide students majoring in jazz composition in the preparation of their graduation projects.
Jazz Counterpoint 1
Study of the process for creating multiline textures in a given melodic and/or harmonic situation. Voice-leading, melodic analysis and embellishment, rhythm, and form. Assigned written projects to emphasize the role of contrapuntal practices in arranging.
Jazz Counterpoint 2
Continuation of CP-361. Emphasis on the role that counterpoint plays in jazz composition.
Jazz Composition Internship
Monitored and evaluated professional work experience in an environment related to the jazz composition major. Placement is limited to situations available from or approved by the Office of Experiential Learning and the Jazz Composition Department chair or designee. To apply for an internship, students must see the internship coordinator in the Office of Experiential Learning prior to registering. Note: Equivalent credit for prior experience is not available due to the requirement of concurrent contract between the employer/supervisor and the college. International students in F-1 status must obtain authorization on their Form I-20 from the Counseling and Advising Center prior to beginning and internship.
The Music of Duke Ellington
A chronological investigation of the music of Duke Ellington and the development of the Ellington Orchestra. Through listening and score analysis, students become familiar with various techniques associated with Ellington's unique approach to composition, arranging, and orchestration.
The Music of Charles Mingus
An investigation of the basic elements discovered in the compositional and arranging styles of Charles Mingus. Categorizing and analysis of various works.
Compositional Techniques of Bob Brookmeyer
This course is about the study and application of compositional techniques of Bob Brookmeyer as demonstrated through his compositions, improvisations, and teaching methods. Students will study musical examples of Brookmeyer and other composers who have utilized his techniques. The techniques will be put into use as weekly assignments and two projects. These composition methods include melody writing, form, unconventional and organic formation of harmony, rhythmic development, and voice-leading. The application of the techniques is not specific to any single musical genre; rather, they are meant to help the composer achieve an original and organic sound.