About the Counterpoint Program

For aspiring composers nothing is as effective as the study of counterpoint where you learn about melodic development, voice-leading and orchestration. Perhaps the most famous method of all is the work of Joseph Fux who wrote the treatise on counterpoint, Gradus ad Parnassum, a method based on the learnings of Palestrina. In this course we will dive into the five species with as sole purpose to strengthen your ear into hearing harmony with more transparency and purpose. With this knowledge we will bridge into the works of Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, Joe Henderson, Gil Evans, George Russel, Bob Brookmeyer and many other composers where we will analyze the techniques used for two, three, and four part writing.

Are you interested in part writing and composition or did you dabble into counterpoint but never went full circle? Then this is the course for you.

-Two part writing (all five species)
-Listening sessions
-Counterpoint exercises
-From two voices to four part
-Part preparation
-Range, Transposition, Register and Intensity.

Course length:
A cycle of 8 one hour classes with a max of 4 students. Counterpoint requires individual attention and therefore it is imperative that the class is small. Multiple classes will be running, each class will start as soon as the limit of 4 students is reached.

Special quest on the 8th session:
Each cycle we will invite a special guest specialized in counterpoint. In this cycle we have as guest pianist ARMEN DONELIAN.

Your composition recorded:
In the course you will write a four part composition which will be recorded by the NYJW saxophone quartet. Your work will be reviewed and you can be present at the recording session, live or online through zoom.

$375 for 8 one hour sessions.
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About the Faculty

Marc Mommaas

This course will be taught by Marc Mommaas, faculty member and co-founder of NYJW and Hudson Jazzworks (HJW), and professor at the New School in NYC .