Jazz Arranging

This course teaches students to compose and arrange parts for a small jazz ensemble. Topics covered include jazz notation for both rhythmic and melodic instruments; ranges and basic timbres of woodwind and brass instruments; technical limitations of instruments; writing introductions, interludes, background figures, and endings; and in-class demonstrations by professional musicians.

Portable cassette recorders are required; private lessons are also available.

Prerequisite: completion of or current enrollment in Jazz Theory II, or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite: Jazz Composition and Analysis

Text: Bill Dobbins: Jazz Arranging and Composing, A Linear Approach.

  • Spring 2021
Joel Yennior plays trombone with feeling under stage lighting