Arranging for the Middle, High School, and College Jazz Band

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This course covers considerations an arranger must give to issues of tessitura, range, and technique, as well as rhythmic reading and comprehension of young musicians at each level of the middle, high school, and college jazz program. Through an analysis of scores representative of Scholastic Levels 1-6 students will gain an understanding of brass and woodwind issues (fingering, stamina, intonation, key familiarity, etc.), as well as the capabilities of the rhythm section at different levels. Additional topics include: optional parts (flexible scoring), creating teaching aids that support the development of jazz skills (improvisation, comping, etc.) as well as an awareness of the cultural context in which jazz originated. The course will give an overview of the scholastic jazz publishing industry and address issues of part and score prep for submission to publishers.

AR-331 and CW-311
Required Of
Electable By
All B.M. and P.D. students
Major Elective for
Jazz Composition
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Course Chair
George Russell Jr.
Courses may not be offered at the listed locations or taught by the listed faculty for every semester. Consult to find course information for a specific semester.