This course extends students' theoretical knowledge of jazz through guided analysis of jazz repertory and creative practices. Students will develop skills in the analysis, composition, and arranging of jazz styles, skills which are necessary for pursuing both jazz performance and/or academic research in jazz. Topics covered include (but are not limited to): chord-scale relationships, arranging concepts for jazz and popular instruments in both small and large ensembles, functional analysis of diatonic, chromatic, and modal harmonies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of elements of jazz, including pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, and form;
- apply theoretical knowledge and analytical techniques to jazz repertoire drawing on appropriate terminology and nomenclature;
- demonstrate understanding of the theoretical foundations of jazz composition and improvisation through either performance or prose exposition;
- apply knowledge of instruments common to jazz idioms in creative adaptation, re-harmonisation, and arranging;
- articulate the key historical narratives of 20th-century jazz with supporting historical evidence.
- Research project: a 12-minute presentation (with a 5-minute performance) and/or written paper of 2000 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Mid-semester 90-minute written exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final 90-minute written exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Portfolio of compositions, arrangements, and analyses (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks including lectures and workshop-like activities
b) 82 hours of independent student study, including research, reading and writing
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