MWS4100 Jazz Composition

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Garfield Harvey

Course Description:

An exploration of composition and arranging techniques which includes basic orchestration, melody writing, transposition, and the creation of chord progressions.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Students will gain general knowledge that allows them to identify and write different elements of the music fundamentals. Students will be able to both create original, and analyze diatonic root position writing such as harmonic progressions or voice leadings. Each student will develop proficiency that enables them to compose and perform an original 16-measure music piece.

Why This Course Is Important:

This is an undergraduate course that acquaints students with the syntax of musical structure and allow them to interpret music with both the ear and the eye. This course focuses on music rudiments, voice leading, harmony and melodic forms of music.