When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Adam Dyer
  • Course Code W22JPMF02B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This course is aimed at those with some compositional experience, looking at how to create effective melodies, harmonic sequences, and forms. If you have taken 2a this will be advantageous, but not necessary. A six-week course, exploring the various approaches that you can take when writing, including using modal concepts, odd time signatures, and slash chords.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • develop material using inversion, retrograde inversion and modal interchange
  • write in different styles
  • use counterpoint effectively


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free
  • Class format and activities

    Focusing mainly on the principles of good melody writing, this online course will involve listening to and discussion of existing compositions, weekly compositional assignments, feedback from the tutor.

    Entry requirements

    A good understanding of jazz harmony, in particular chord/scale relationships. Access to score writing software is an advantage (student discounts are available). Some keyboard skills are helpful.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This is an online course

    What you need

    This is an online course, therefore you will need access to a personal computer/laptop/ipad with working internal microphone and camera, and decent internet wi-fi connection. You will also need to have and basic IT skills, in order to be able to access and use effectively the online material, eg. the online platforms for the live sessions and shared material. Ahead of the first session, you will receive information about the exact format and length of the live part of the course, together with guidance on how to access the relevant platforms. During the first session, you will receive guidance from your tutor about how to access the online course material, such as recordings and sheet music

    What you can do next

    Any of our Jazz ensemble, Jazz theory and Jazz history classes. Contact the music department to discuss your options.