Courses

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

AR-111

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All entering students with placement score into this course
Electable by: All entering students with placement score into this course
Prerequisites: Satisfactory placement score
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

In this practical course students work on 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 in a solo instrument, two horns (trumpet, alto or tenor sax) or voice. Students learn the conceptualization process of combining individual components to create a musically satisfying arrangement. 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/or MIDI instruments. The course includes a fast-pace overview of the fundamental concepts of music notation such as imaginary bar line, transposition, and rhythmic notation.

AR-112

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All entering students with placement score into this course
Electable by: All entering students with placement score into this course
Prerequisites: Satisfactory placement score
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

The course encompasses the study of the properties of trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, and baritone sax, 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. The course also contains an overview of the fundamental of writing for rhythm section including drums, bass, guitar, and keyboard.

 

AR-123

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All students not taking AR-111
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PW-111
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus

In this practical course students work on 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 in a solo instrument, two horns (trumpet, alto or tenor sax) or voice. After a review of the fundamental concepts of music calligraphy, music notation, imaginary bar line, transposition, and rhythmic notation students learn the conceptualization process of combining individual components to create a musically satisfying arrangement. 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/or MIDI instruments. 

AR-124

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Andrea Pejrolo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: CWPR and JCMP majors not taking AR-112
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-111 or AR-123 and HR-112
Department: CWP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

After a full review of writing for the rhythm section, students learn the properties of trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, and baritone sax, 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. 

AR-201

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-112 and HR-211
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

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: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

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
Department: MUED
Location: Boston Campus

This course analyzes orchestration for wind, string, and percussion groups as used at the secondary school level. Students explore principles of score layout and arranging for concert band and high school orchestra. Students apply this principles to the scores they create for instrumental ensembles at the secondary school level.

 

AR-321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-371
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

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: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-201 and HR-212
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

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: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-201, AR-228, and HR-212
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

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: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-201
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

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: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-331 and CM-371
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

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

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