Spring 2020

Jazz Composition

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-386


Jason Robinson (Section 01)


Drawing from the rich and varied history of composition in jazz, this course explores composing and arranging approaches in jazz and highlights the dynamic relationship between composition and improvisation central to this music. Using historical examples as models, students will compose and arrange small ensemble, large ensemble, and big band pieces, including pieces that incorporate blues forms, 32-bar Tin Pan Alley forms, modalism, extended and through-composed forms, and open improvisation. Immersive composition projects will be combined with individual meetings. To the extent possible, student compositions will be performed and recorded by professional or student musicians in a workshop setting.

Requisite: MUSI 243 or MUSI 269 and consent of the instructor. Students are also encouraged to complete MUSI 113, MUSI 226, or MUSI 227 prior to electing MUSI 387. Limited to 12 students. Spring semester. Professor Robinson.

If Overenrolled: Music majors, then students with jazz performance experience, then seniors, juniors, and sophomores.


Artistic Practice, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020