Jazz Composition Bachelor's Degree

Valid for catalog year fall 2019–summer 2020 only. For students who entered Berklee prior to fall 2019, 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-10x LENS Seminar 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
LMSC-xxx Mathematics/Natural Sciences (200 level or above) 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-20X History of Music in the European Tradition (choose 1) 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-22X Music of the African Diaspora in the United States (choose 1) 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
MHIS-3XX Music History Elective (any MHIS course level 300 or higher) 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 Major Electives (select from list below)
AR-340, AR-407, CM-345, CM-346, CM-385, CW-211, HR-241, HR-335, HR-345, HR-355, HR-365, JC-470, JC-495, MLAN-352, MLAN-353, PW-240
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 Major Electives (select from list below)
AR-340, AR-407, CM-345, CM-346, CM-385, CW-211, HR-241, HR-335, HR-345, HR-355, HR-365, JC-470, JC-495, MLAN-352, MLAN-353, PW-240
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.