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Jazz Arranging: From Combo to Big Band

Jazz Arranging:
From Combo to Big Band

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This course is designed for music educators who want to explore arranging for jazz combo and/or ensemble, no 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.



Instructor: Vincent Leonard

Leonard,_Vince_headshot_altProducer and composer Vincent A. Leonard Jr. has had works premiered nationally and internationally. He is published by Arrangers Publishing Company, Educational Programs Network, and National Music Works. He co-authored 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 and 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, and numerous theater pieces and industrials. Leonard has provided orchestrations for world premiere productions of Redwall for Opera Delaware, Elliot and the Magic Bed, Isabelle 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 and Leslie Burrs, and in musicals by Duke Ellington, Alan Menken, Kurt Weill and Mitch Leigh. Leonard is a member of NARAS and ASCAP, and is active as a clinician and music software beta-tester for Apple computers.
Jazz Arranging:
From Combo to
Big Band
 

Course Code 7210

Instructor
Vincent Leonard
vleonard@vandercook.edu

3 Graduate Credits

$1,065, due in full with registration

Chat Sessions
TBD

Required Text(s)
Students are advised to purchase the following book upon registration as it will be used in the first week’s lesson:

Jazz Arranging Techniques from Quartet to Big Band by
Gary Lindsay (book and CD), available here.

Software/Hardware Requirements
Access to a Mac, PC or Chromebook, connected to the Internet.

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

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Spring 2021 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Feb. 8. Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of February 8, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

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