Composing & Arranging



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Composing & Arranging | Dick Goodwin
We will concentrate on writing for small groups. It is a quick way to try out ideas and gain a lot of practical experience in a short period of time. So, when you are asked to arrange something for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra you’ll already know what to do.


— Chord spelling (also handy in improvisation, of course)
— Harmonizing a melody – what to do with non-chord tones?
— Background figures — pitch and rhythm choices
— Riff backgrounds
— Form — go in with a plan

Other relevant topics you may want to explore:

— Writing good rhythm section parts
— Composing … start with someone else’s changes?
— Writing idiomatically for each instrument … range matters”

This course is recommended for ALL instruments and for those that can read/write music and understand the fundamentals of jazz form.

Online Summer Jazz CampWEDNESDAY, JUNE 30


“I used to wear two hats, ‘Gordon Goodwin’ for my classical work and ‘Dick Goodwin’ for the after-hours jazz character.”
Over the years—under one hat or the other—Gordon Goodwin has written hundreds of works, from jingle to opera, jazz band to symphony orchestra.

Dick Goodwin is a composer, arranger, performer, and studio producer. He leads the Dick Goodwin Quintet and Dick Goodwin Big Band, and is a Yamaha Artist.

The State Newspaper declared “If a touring act or local performance needs musicians — strings, brass, rhythm, anything — there’s only one person to call: Dick Goodwin.”

Gordon (Dick) Goodwin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. He was a recipient of USC’s prestigious Educational Foundation Award, is the 2001 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Individual Artist winner (the highest honor awarded in the arts by the State of South Carolina.) And he has received a number of writer awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers.)

“He’s kind of the goto person if an arrangement doesn’t exist for the orchestra,” says Rhonda Hunsinger, the South Carolina Philharmonic’s executive director.

“I grew up in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and El Paso, Texas and decided at a very early age that music would be my life’s work. I loved teaching and I had a successful run of it. But I now have the time (and still have the energy) to concentrate full-time on my first love — composing, arranging, producing, and performing.

Prior to coming to the University of South Carolina he taught composition and theory and ran the jazz program (which he initiated) at the University of Texas. Before that he spent four long years as a band director in the US Coast Guard.