Composition

CM-371

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-201
Department: JCMP

A systematic approach to the art of composing in the jazz idiom. Exploration of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic principles. Standard jazz song form. Analysis of jazz standards. Arranging considerations applied as a means of enhancing a composition. Projects for small jazz group required.

CM-373

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-371
Department: JCMP

Composition of non-song-form jazz pieces based on motivic development. Discussion of form and content as it applies to episodic composition in jazz. Examination of representative works by various jazz composers. Various assignments and the composition of an episodic five-minute piece are required.

CM-375

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: George Russell Jr.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: JCMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: AR-331 and CM-373
Department: JCMP

Composition of multisection extended jazz compositions. Discussion of form and orchestration as it applies to extended composition in jazz. Examination of representative works by various jazz composers. Composition of a short chamber piece without rhythm section and a large-scale ten-minute piece are required.

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

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

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-398

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-221
Department: COMP

Individualized instruction in composing small forms (i.e., short instrumental pieces, themes and variations, art songs, single movements of larger works, etc.). Emphasis on developing stylistic diversity and gaining experience in writing for various musical textures and ensemble combinations.

CM-399

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-357
Department: COMP

This course will give interested students, particularly Composition majors, the opportunity to pursue individual interests in electro-acoustic composition, and further their skills and creative abilities with electronic music. The primary focus is on creating original electronic works that would be suitable for inclusion in a Composition Major portfolio, and provide tools for the student's further exploration and development. Students will acquire skills in timbral exploration, sound design, acousmatics, and the ability to conduct independent research and composition projects.

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

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

CM-441

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-231
Department: COMP

Orchestration techniques for full symphony orchestra.

CM-495

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: COMP majors
Prerequisites: Sixth-semester standing and written approval of course chair
Department: COMP

Monitored and evaluated professional work experience in an environment related to the composition major. Placement is limited to situations available from or approved by the Career Center and the 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 an internship.

CM-497

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-312 and CM-398
Department: COMP

Individualized instruction in composing somewhat more extended forms, and for larger instrumental and vocal combinations, possibly including electronics, than in CM-398. Weekly attendance at Composition Seminar required.

CM-498

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-497
Department: COMP

Individualized instruction in composing extended forms, for medium to large instrumental and/or vocal ensembles, possibly including electronics. Weekly attendance at Composition Seminar.

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