Jazz Composition Courses

CM-383

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-201, CM-371, and overall ensemble rating 4
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

This course provices an extensive study of the performing masters of jazz composition. The course will analyze the works, life and timeline of artists such as Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk/Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Carla Bley, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Mary Lou Williams, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Geri Allen, and Keith Jarrett. Students will be listening, transcribing, performing and writing compositions that utilize methods of these great composers. Through the study of these composers students discover common links and insights that influence and direct them future possibilities of Jazz composition and concepts to enhance and build their own artistic identity. 

CM-385

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-325
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

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.

CM-434

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-201 and written approval of course chair
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

Utilization of 12-tone methodology in creating a one-movement concert jazz piece.

CM-499

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: JCMP majors
Prerequisites: CM-375
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

Individualized instruction designed to guide students majoring in jazz composition in the preparation of their graduation projects.

CP-361

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

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.

CP-362

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CP-361
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

Continuation of CP-361. Emphasis on the role that counterpoint plays in jazz composition.

JC-470

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Sprin
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: MTEC-111 and 6th semester standing or higher
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

This course helps students develop practical tools for building their career in jazz in a changing landscape of opportunities in the jazz world. Topics include: exploring all phases of recording, from preproduction to mastering; marketing different kinds of jazz acts; calculating revenue streams, cost-to-benefit analysis, tax implications, and basic accounting; digital strategy, including social media and websites; music distribution; networking; and a variety of other important topics. Students learn how to maximize their time, money, and energy toward their career goals. 

JC-495

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: JCMP majors
Prerequisites: Sixth-semester standing and written approval of course chair
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

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 Career Center and the Jazz Composition Department chair or designee. To apply for an internship, students must visit the Career Center 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 International Student Services prior to beginning and internship.

MLAN-352

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-212
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

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.

MLAN-353

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-212
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

An investigation of the basic elements discovered in the compositional and arranging styles of Charles Mingus. Categorizing and analysis of various works.

PW-240

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-212 and AR-112
Department: JCMP
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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