Master in Studio Jazz Writing

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Music program in Studio/Jazz Writing 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 a high-level skill set that will enable him or her to pursue a career as a professional arranger/composer, orchestrator, film and media composer, and educator. 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 Curriculum

Studio/Jazz Writing is a unique and intense two-year course of study that includes writing for large and small jazz ensembles, symphonic orchestra, large and small jazz vocal ensembles, and writing for film and media.

In addition, studio/jazz writing majors learn “hands-on” how to run a recording studio. Students gain experience in recording, mixing, and mastering their own writing projects. All SJW (Studio/Jazz Writing) majors receive training in Pro Tools Digital recording and have access to the jazz departments 24 channel Pro Tools HD2 Recording Studio and a Pro Tools 8 channel studio/mixing lab. Additional course work also includes Virtual Orchestration: creating mock-ups of orchestral scores with our extensive sample library.

SJW students writing projects are recorded by award-winning ensembles including the Frost School of Music:

  • Concert Jazz Band,
  • HMI Studio Orchestra,
  • Studio Jazz Band,
  • Jazz Vocal 1, and
  • Frost Symphony Orchestra. 

Alumni from this program are working throughout the music industry as:

  • film and game composers,
  • feature film orchestrators,
  • trailer and library music composers,
  • concert music composers,
  • music producers,
  • music directors,
  • studio session players, and
  • educators (public schools, colleges, and universities).

For more information regarding the curriculum, please visit the Academic Bulletin.

Academic Bulletin