The course in Jazz Composition aims to define and study the stylistic and technical aspects of composition in the field of jazz, without omitting forms, styles and compositional techniques relative to classical music, so it is impossible to feel detached from a culturally advanced and conscious musical idea.

Aside from providing important and necessary tools to the formation of a jazz musician, this course is the occasion for each student to define his or her own expressive world, favoring the musical characteristics of each student. 

The course proposes an in-depth study of tonal harmony, with reference to the uses and conventions of jazz music and, successively, of modal harmony, with the study of relative scales typical in modern jazz through progressive exercises in writing.

The course furthermore proposes:

-melodic and harmonic analyses of standards or pieces composed by jazz musicians and interpretation of the chord symbols;

-analysis of popular melodies and discussions of harmonic analysis of classical pieces, from the 1600’s to present day;

-realization of Background and Special in relation to the diverse formations (small group, medium ensemble, big band, string orchestra, symphonic orchestra), written and improvised counterpoint;

-composition of original pieces and arrangements of existing pieces, study of the characteristics of the instruments and their use, compositions for vocal groups and analysis of the forms.

Interaction of the students with other instrumental and ensemble courses is expected, thus favoring a more concrete and direct experience of writing music aimed toward performance.


Study plan