Jazz Composition & Arranging Classes for All Ages!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Education

Spring 2016

Jazz Composition & Arranging

Theory & Improvisation

 Classes for all Ages


 Saturdays, April 16 through June 4, 2016
Classes at :: Denver School of the Arts – 7111 Montview Blvd., Denver


clintWe are very pleased to announce that Clint Dadian will be leading our Saturday classes this semester.

Clint is a professional guitarist specializing in jazz and fluent in many styles. After spending some time performing in Europe, he settled in Brooklyn where he earned a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from Long Island University. There Clint had the opportunity to study with some of the finest jazz guitarists in New York including Peter Bernstein, Rodney Jones, Chris Rosenberg, Mark Elf and Randy Johnston, while studying jazz piano with Bruce Barth and David Berkman and attending master classes with Jim Hall, Jack Wilkins, Jimmy Heath, Attila Zoller, Barry Harris and many others. After graduating he served as an adjunct guitar instructor at LIU.

 In the late nineties Clint held a steady gig at Augie’s (now Smoke), affording the opportunity to sit in with Peter Bernstein, Rodney Jones, Eric Alexander, Harold Mabern, Cecil Payne, Jim Rotundi, Steve Davis, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Larry Goldings and other characters who frequented the club. During that time he created and instructed a jazz workshop for adults which ran for six years.

In 2009, Clint was awarded a Masters Degree in Music from the University of Denver, studying classical guitar with Masakazu Ito and jazz guitar with Alan Joseph.  His jazz composition and arranging studies with Dave Hanson opened up a whole new world of big band arranging that he soon become immersed in, now composing for and perform weekly with the Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra in Denver.

Jazz Theory/Improvisation :: Saturdays 10:00am-11:15am
– This class provides students with the vocabulary and understanding of jazz music theory that is needed to begin improvising with conviction and musicianship. We will explore different harmonic, melodic and rhythmic elements through the use of exercises, group improvisation, and standard melodies and progressions, employing concepts in a practical setting in which students will do more playing.

Jazz Composition :: Saturdays 11:30pm-12:45pm

– In this class we will learn to create compositions, pairing melody lines with effective harmonic structure. We will explore contemporary rhythmic, melodic and harmonic development, various tonic and scale systems and compositional elements such as intros and outros. The course will culminate in a performance of the students’ works by a professional ensemble.

Jazz Arranging :: Saturdays 1:00pm-2:15pm

– In this course we will  explore the elements of arranging for big band. Students will develop original compositions utilizing techniques such as background and soli section writing. Topics will include: harmonizing a melody in four parts, creating dynamic background lines, understanding range and transposition, contrapuntal harmony and more.  The course will culminate in a performance of the students’ works by a professional big band.

Enroll in more than one class and receive a discount!