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7657 Jazz Arranging from Combo to Big Band

 

Course Description: This course is designed for music educators who want to explore arranging for jazz combo and/or jazz ensemble, no previous arranging experience required. This course is structured in a step-by-step approach and covers jazz theory and harmony, principles of jazz voice leading, voicing techniques, chord symbol nomenclature, jazz notation and articulation. The functions of each instrument will be addressed, including range, register, dynamic capabilities and idiomatic characteristics. You will create arrangements for a rhythm section, a five-horn group, a sax section and a big band.  Special attention will be given to writing for less-experienced players and ensembles.

 

Course requirements: Any computer notation program may be utilized. The course lessons include support for both Sibelius 7 and Finale 2012 or later.

 

Required Text: Jazz Arranging Techniques from Quartet to Big Band by Gary Lindsay (book and CD), http://lindsayjazz.com/jazz-arranging-techniques/. Students are advised to purchase the book upon registration as it will be used in the first week’s lesson.

 

Instructor: Vince Leonard

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Producer and composer Vincent A. Leonard, Jr. has had works premiered nationally and internationally. He is published by Arrangers‚ Publishing Company and Educational Programs Publications and National Music Works.
He is co-author of: Recording in the Digital World, Finale: An Easy Guide to Music Notation, Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Music Notation and Musical iPad. In 1996, he and fellow producer and engineer Jack Klotz, Jr. formed Invinceable Entertainment, 3 IPS Studio and have released two CDs, Magic Up Our Sleeve and On The Brink of Tomorrow. Compositional credits include the feature film Running On Empty Dreams, theme and episode music for the Captain Courteous radio series, numerous theater pieces, and industrials. Leonard has provided orchestrations for world premier productions of Redwall for Opera Delaware, Elliot and the Magic Bed, Isabell and the Pretty Ugly Spell,and The Little Princess for Upper Darby Summer Stage.
 
Also widely known as a copyist and arranger, he has worked on projects with Peter Nero, the Philly Pops Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, the London Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Leslie Burrs, and in musicals by Duke Ellington, Alan Menken, Kurt Weil, and Mitch Leigh. Leonard is a member of NARAS and ASCAP, and is active as a clinician and beta tester for music software for Apple computers
 
 
SPRING ONLINE COURSE DETAILS
 
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.
 
Classes this spring term officially begin on Monday, February 5th, 2018. The week prior to the Spring 2018 term start date, we will be adding you as a new schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from noreply@schoology.com or wfong@vandercook.edu with log-in instructions between January 26th and February 4th. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of February 5th, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.
 
Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.
 
You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!
 
Courses are scheduled for 13 weeks, with one week (April 2-8) being a designated week off for Spring Break. The Spring Online Term ends Sunday, May 6th, 2018.
 
 

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ONLINE COURSES
Registration for all online courses closes at 12:00 noon CST on February 3, 2017. All online courses will begin on February 6, 2017 and conclude on May 7, 2017.
 

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Course Information

7597 Jazz Arranging From Combo to Big Band

3 graduate credits
Tuition: $990, due in full with registration.

Course requirements: Any computer notation program may be utilized. The course lessons include support for both Sibelius 7 and Finale 2012 or later.

 

Required Text: Jazz Arranging Techniques from Quartet to Big Band by Gary Lindsay (book and CD), http://lindsayjazz.com/jazz-arranging-techniques/. Students are advised to purchase the book upon registration as it will be used in the first week’s lesson.

 

ENROLLMENT LIMITED TO 15

 

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Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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