Jazz Composition

The Jazz Composition Department's philosophy is to understand and learn from the past, evolve the present, and create the future. That philosophy is put into practice through Berklee's tradition of providing the fundamental techniques, concepts, and musical language associated with jazz writing.

As part of the program, students will explore artistic and creative expression by studying melody, counterpoint, form, and orchestration. The Jazz Composition curriculum helps students acquire a critical eye and ear and develop the skill and vocabulary needed to work with fellow musicians. In the process, a personal style will evolve.

The culmination of the Jazz Composition major’s efforts is a written, performed, and recorded portfolio of original pieces for various jazz ensembles, including concert performances of at least four original works. This portfolio is physical evidence of the skill, discipline, and ability to communicate that the student has acquired.

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