2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

MUST 223 Jazz Composition

The compositional process is explored through detailed study of melody, theme and development, jazz harmony and reharmonization, and rhythmic principles, using classic jazz compositions from all periods as models. These fundamental elements are then applied to lead sheet writing and short forms. Topics to include blues, jazz song form (AABA), modal jazz compositions, romantic melody (ballad) writing, original forms, and use of pentatonics. Prerequisite: MUST 101 and 111 or permission of the instructor.