Jazz Composition Bachelor's Degree

Valid for catalog year fall 2017–summer 2018 only. For students who entered Berklee prior to fall 2017, search major grids for past catalog years.

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    Core

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    Major

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    Liberal Arts

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    Electives

Semester 1

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-111 Private Instruction 1 2
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
PW-111 Music Application and Theory 4
ET-111 Ear Training 1 2
MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology 2
LENS-P10x LENS Seminar - choose 1
LENS-P101 Engaging with Artistic Space
LENS-P103 Engaging with Boston Culture and History (Boston only)
LENS-P105 Engaging with Contemporary Issues
LENS-P107 Engaging with the Community through Service Learning
LENS-P109 Engaging with Valencia Culture and History (Valencia only)
2
LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing 3
Total Credits 16

Semester 2

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-112 Private Instruction 2 2
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
AR-111 Arranging 1 2
ET-112 Ear Training 2 2
HR-112 Harmony 2 2
LENG-223 Literature 3
XXXX-xxx Mathematics/Natural Sciences (200 level or above) - choose 1
LMSC-208 Music Acoustics
LMSC-209 Architectural Acoustics
LMSC-210 Principles of Audio Electronics
LMSC-221 The Science of Health
LMSC-222 Oceanography
LMSC-223 Math/Science Topics
LMSC-224 Concepts in Contemporary Science
LMSC-225 Natural Disasters
LMSC-240 Technology, Self, and Society
LMSC-251 Data Management and Statistics
LMSC-271 The Body, Sound, and Inspiration in Performance and Beyond
LMSC-281 Logic and Programming
LMSC-306 Principles of Physics
LMSC-P307 Introduction to Psychoacoustics
LMSC-318 Environmental Science
LMSC-424 Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
Total Credits 15

Semester 3 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-211 Private Instruction 3 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx Instrumental Lab 1
ET-211 Ear Training 3 2
HR-211 Harmony 3 2
LHIS-xxx History (any LHIS course) 3
ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard 1 1
AR-112 Arranging 2 2
AR-228 Survey of Jazz Composition and Arranging 2
Total Credits 15

Semester 4 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-212 Private Instruction 4 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx Instrumental Lab 1
ET-212 Ear Training 4 2
HR-212 Harmony 4 2
CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 2
LSOC-xxx Social Sciences (any LSOC course) 3
ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard 2 1
AR-201 Chord Scale Voicings for Arranging 2
Total Credits 15

Semester 5 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint 3
XXXX-xxx Conducting 1 - choose 1
COND-211 Conducting 1
COND-216 Conducting 1 with Live Keyboard Ensemble
1
MHIS-P20X History of Music in the European Tradition - choose 1
MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition: Topics
MHIS-P202 History of Music in the European Tradition: Iconic Works
MHIS-P203 History of Music in the European Tradition: Chronology
2
AR-331 Big Band Arranging and Score Analysis 2
HR-325 Reharmonization Techniques 2
CM-371 Jazz Composition 1 2
CP-361 Jazz Counterpoint 1 2
Total Credits 14

Semester 6 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 2
XXXX-xxx Conducting 2 - choose 1
COND-212 Conducting 2
COND-217 Conducting 2 with Live Keyboard Ensemble
1
LHUM-400 Professional Development Seminar 2
MHIS-P22X Music of the African Diaspora in the United States - choose 1
MHIS-P221 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Topics
MHIS-P222 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Icons
MHIS-P223 Music of the African Diaspora in the United States: Chronology
2
LVIS-xxx Visual Studies (any LVIS course) 3
CM-373 Jazz Composition 2 2
CP-362 Jazz Counterpoint 2 2
Total Credits 14

Semester 7

Course # Title Credits
XXXX-xxx Music History Elective (any MHIS course level 300 or higher) - choose 1
MHIS-P317 19th Century Program Music
MHIS-322 History of Rock Music
MHIS-P325 History of American Musical Theater
MHIS-331 History of Film Music
MHIS-341 African American Music, History, and Culture - Contemporary Connections
MHIS-342 The Music of the English-Speaking Caribbean Islands
MHIS-P343 Survey of Brazilian Music History
MHIS-347 Music of Women Composers
MHIS-353 African American Composers: Classical Tradition
MHIS-361 Concert Music after 1945
2
LMAS-xxx Music and Society (any LMAS course) 3
XXXX-xxx Liberal Arts Elective
These courses are chosen from any three-credit Liberal Arts category (LENG, LMSC, LHIS, LSOC, LVIS, or LMAS). Additional options for electives include LFRN (French), LJPN(Japanese), LHUM (humanities), LPHL (philosophy), and LSPN (Spanish). Liberal Arts elective courses must be three (3) credits and the course code must have a prefix from the above list. Please note that courses with prefix LHAN are not liberal arts courses and cannot be used as liberal arts electives.
3
CM-375 Jazz Composition 3 2
XXXX-xxx Approved Specified Elective 2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 4
Total Credits 16

Semester 8

Course # Title Credits
XXXX-xxx Liberal Arts Elective
These courses are chosen from any three-credit Liberal Arts category (LENG, LMSC, LHIS, LSOC, LVIS, or LMAS). Additional options for electives include LFRN (French), LJPN(Japanese), LHUM (humanities), LPHL (philosophy), and LSPN (Spanish). Liberal Arts elective courses must be three (3) credits and the course code must have a prefix from the above list. Please note that courses with prefix LHAN are not liberal arts courses and cannot be used as liberal arts electives.
3
CM-499 Directed Study in Jazz Composition 2
XXXX-xxx Approved Specified Electives 4
XXXX-xxx General Electives 6
Total Credits 15

Study abroad at our Valencia, Spain, campus. It is recommended that jazz composition majors study in Valencia during their third, fourth, fifth, or sixth semester. For specific program information, please see the chair of your major or contact the study abroad office.