Jazz Composition Courses
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.
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.
Utilization of 12-tone methodology in creating a one-movement concert jazz piece.
Individualized instruction designed to guide students majoring in jazz composition in the preparation of the capstone project: the jazz composition senior portfolio.
Study of the process for creating multilinear textures in a given melodic and/or harmonic situation. This course will address issues of voice-leading, melodic analysis and embellishment, rhythm, and form. Assigned written projects will emphasize the role of contrapuntal practices in arranging.
Continuation of CP-361. Emphasis on the role that counterpoint plays in jazz composition.
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.
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.
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.
An investigation of the basic stylistic elements found in the compositions and arrangements of Charles Mingus. Categorization and analysis of various works.
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.