Minor Jazz Arranging and Composition (18 credits)

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Offered by:     Degree: Bachelor of Music

Program Requirements

The Minor in Jazz Arranging and Composition allows B.Mus. students who are not Jazz majors to explore the jazz idiom with an emphasis on arranging composition and jazz theory. In theory courses, students are trained in fundamental jazz materials, compose jazz tunes, and develop analytical skills; in arranging courses, they gain practical experience by writing for various small and large jazz ensembles; and in the jazz history course, they explore the repertoire and history of the jazz tradition. The program is aimed primarily at classical students who love jazz and who have already acquired facility with rudimentary classical materials.

Required Courses (18 credits)

  • MUJZ 160 Jazz Materials 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : Fundamental aural and theoretical skills associated with the jazz idiom. Nomenclature, chord construction, chord/scale relationships, harmonic progression, circle of 5ths, simple turnarounds, simple substitution, symmetrical scales and chord relationships, voice leading.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Alec Walkington (Fall)

    • 4 hours

    • Prerequisite: none. Open to non-jazz majors, space permitting, but not for elective credit in B.Mus. or Artist Diploma programs

  • MUJZ 161 Jazz Materials 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : Simple and advanced substitution, borrowed chords, reharmonisation, modes of harmonic minor and melodic minor diatonic systems, unresolved tensions, odd and infrequent modulations, mixed two-five-ones, introduction to polychords, slashchords and non-functional harmony.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Alec Walkington (Winter)

    • 4 hours

    • Prerequisite: MUJZ 160. Open to non-jazz majors, space permitting, but not for elective credit in B.Mus. or Artist Diploma programs

  • MUJZ 187 Jazz History Survey (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : An introductory study of the principal recordings, artists and musical trends in jazz from its origins to the present day.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Andre White (Fall)

    • 3 hours

  • MUJZ 260 Jazz Arranging 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : Introduction to concepts and techniques commonly used in jazz arranging. Notation, calligraphy and score preparation are discussed; including study of classical and contemporary scores by prominent jazz arrangers.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Donald Leyland Kennedy (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): MUJZ 161

    • Corequisite(s): MUSP 123

    • Restriction(s): Open only to Jazz Performance Majors OR with permission of instructor.

  • MUJZ 261 Jazz Arranging 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : Consolidation of knowledge of basic concepts and techniques used in jazz arranging.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Donald Leyland Kennedy (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MUJZ 260.

    • Corequisite: MUJZ 124.

    • Restriction(s): Open only to Jazz Performance Majors OR by permission of instructor.

  • MUJZ 262 Applied Jazz Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : An examination of harmonic practices and compositional styles in post-1960 jazz. Various theoretical approaches to jazz harmonic analysis will be addressed. Students analyze and compose jazz tunes and longer forms.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Simon Legault (Fall)

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