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MU 257 – Jazz Composition and Arranging

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Composing and arranging for big band. Practice in techniques of jazz arranging and study of historic works. Final project is jazz standard arranged for big band, read by the UVM Jazz Ensemble. Prerequisite: MU 013 or MU 110 or Instructor permission.

Section Description: Introduction to concepts and techniques used in jazz arranging and composition through study of historic works and through numerous small projects designed to provide practice in treatment of pitch and rhythm. Includes instrument ranges, chord spellings, harmonic voicings (e.g., 4-part close, and 5-part drop 2 and 4), melody and countermelody, pads, shout chorus, sax soli, rhythm section writing, standard forms. Listening assignments (including listening journals) and score analysis. Final project involves a live reading of a full arrangement, with parts copied out, for traditional 17-piece big band. Prerequisite: MU 103 Jazz Harmony, or MU 110 Harmony and Form II, or instructor's permission.

CRN: 15148

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 9/12

Days Time Location
WF 14:20 - 15:35 SOUTHWICK HALL 202

Instructor(s): Patricia A. Julien

Meeting Dates: 16 Jan 2018 - 04 May 2018