Jazz Writing and Composition at the Frost School of Music

The Studio/Jazz Writing Program

Studio/Jazz Writing is a Master’s Degree Program offered at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
The following is a detailed description of the program:

My philosophy of Studio/Jazz Writing, now in its thirty-third year, is to teach the craft of Studio/Jazz Arranging and Composition with class lectures, score study, listening, demonstrations, assignments, and performances and to provide an opportunity for each student to develop a unique artistic persona through an abundance of writing and recording projects.  All projects are played and recorded by our excellent student ensembles.

The two-year curriculum includes the following writing classes:

  • Advanced Writing for Big Band (recording projects)
  • Jazz Composition
  • Advanced Orchestration (recording project for Symphony Orchestra)
  • Writing for Small and Large Jazz Vocal Choir (recording project)
  • Film Scoring (recording projects)
  • Music Engraving with Sibelius music software
  • Midi Sequencing and Digital Audio with Pro Tools (recording projects)
  • In addition, there are extensive opportunities to compose and arrange for small jazz ensembles (five to nine members) as well as classical ensembles ranging from string quartet to brass choir.

As a Studio/Jazz Writing (SJW) major your experiences will also include music production. You will gain hands on engineering experience recording and mixing your own projects in the Jazz Departments’ 24 Track Digital Recording Studio.  As a SJW major you will also have access to our midi studio, which is equipped with Pro Tools, a Digi 002 mixer,  a keyboard controller, rack synthesizer modules, numerous software synthesizers and Sibelius notation software.

For more information about the program, please visit the program page at the Frost School of Music.

DMA in Jazz Composition

Jazz Composition is a doctoral (DMA) program offered at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
The following is a description of the program:

The mission of the three year Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Composition is to provide students with opportunities for advanced study in jazz and studio arranging, composition and orchestration. The overriding goal is to help students develop high-level skills that will enable him or her to pursue a career as a professional arranger/composer. Students encounter a creative, challenging and nurturing educational experience that respects tradition, reflects current professional trends, fosters innovation and stimulates growth among students and faculty alike.

The DMA in Jazz Composition provides flexibility to design a program to fit each individual. Along with course work typical of DMA programs including music bibliography, psychology of music and pedagogy and administration, students are able to choose from a wide range of composition, arranging and orchestration courses in both the jazz and classical departments depending on needs and interests. In addition, DMA Jazz Composition students have access to the jazz departments 24 channel Pro Tools HD2 recording facility and a 12 channel Pro Tools Le studio/lab.

For more information about the program, please visit the program page at the Frost School of Music.