15 Ways to Compose
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Department: Composition/Theory
Course Number: JCTH 4365
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
One challenge for the young composer is relying on very few approaches in composing – it is easy to run low on inspiration or find yourself turning out pieces that sound similar. In this 15-week course, we examine 15 entirely different ways to compose a piece of music. Each of us will write something new each week using the approach discussed in class at the beginning of that week – and have a way (midi/recording/live performance) by the next session for the class to hear what you’ve written. Much of the class time will be spent listening to and discussing what each of us has written, and what we have learned/discovered, as we try each approach. By the end of the semester the student will have composed many new pieces, formed relationships with fellow composers, and developed an “arsenal” of composition approaches. Students of all levels of experience in composition are invited to participate in this class, but please do not register unless you are ready and eager to do the work!
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Lang/Jazz BA/BFA students.

Open to School of Jazz & Contemp Music students.


Open to Undergraduate students.