Specialist Certificate

Jazz Composition and Arranging

Next Term Starts April 3


Become a versatile and sought-after jazz composer and arranger by advancing your skills with some of Berklee’s most renowned jazz educators. As you practice writing complete jazz compositions and arrangements, you’ll be joining the ranks of artists such as Bill Frisell and Gary Burton—artists who have learned core, fundamental concepts of jazz at Berklee. In addition to bolstering your own catalogue, you’ll be prepared to create material for another recording artist, collaborate with a lyricist, write a jazz musical, compose for a modern dance company, or create music for film or video.

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3 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

Jazz Composition

In this music composition course, you'll learn effective techniques that will help you compose jazz tunes that have a balance of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic appeal.

Reharmonization Techniques

Take your musical vocabulary and skill set to a whole new level for writing, arranging, and performing music of any genre by learning reharmonization and providing musical interest and variety to standard repertoire.

Jazz Arranging

Become a more versatile and sought-after jazz arranger. Jazz Arranging explores techniques that will allow you to write effective jazz arrangements for all types of instrumental combinations, from bop and hard-bop, to big band jazz ensembles.


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