• Class Number 4113
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Gregory Stott
    • Brendan Clarke
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

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. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of elements of jazz, including pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, and form;
  2. apply theoretical knowledge and analytical techniques to jazz repertoire drawing on appropriate terminology and nomenclature;
  3. demonstrate understanding of the theoretical foundations of jazz composition and improvisation through either performance or prose exposition;
  4. apply knowledge of instruments common to jazz idioms in creative adaptation, re-harmonisation, and arranging;
  5. articulate the key historical narratives of 20th-century jazz with supporting historical evidence.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Functional harmony review New analysis symbols Writing about music & music analysis
2 Modulations & Coltrane changes
3 Modal interchange Jazz and common practice concepts and parallels
4 Part writing - traditional to modern
5 Part writing cont. Writing for rhythm sections Piano and guitar voicings Lead sheet/arrangement considerations
6 In-class exam In-class exam (theory) In-class exam (aural) Folio pt. 1 due
7 Altered & extended chords Vertical v horizontal considerations Advanced chord-scale relationships
8 Arranging principles - writing for 3-5 horns
9 Arranging principles - writing for 3-5 horns
10 Non-tertian voicings (4ths, clusters etc.) Essay Due
11 Advanced scale concepts Folio pt. 2 due
12 Semester review and practice exam In-class exam (aural) Listening quiz (history session)

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials will be Wednesdays 11-12 & 12-1. See wattle for registration details

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
In-class exam (theory and aural) 20 % 31/03/2020 21/04/2020 1,2,3,4
Essay 20 % 15/05/2020 05/06/2020 1,2,3,4,5
Portfolio of Arranging & Composition Tasks 30 % 22/05/2020 05/06/2020 1,2,3,4,5
Listening quiz (history) 10 % 29/05/2020 13/06/2020 1,2,3,5
Final exam (theory and Aural) 20 % 29/05/2020 13/06/2020 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 31/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 21/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

In-class exam (theory and aural)

Musical analysis and recall/application of topics studied. The exam will require the provision of musical solutions to questions based on recall and application of techniques studied, and analysis of excerpts using conventional analysis techniques, music notation and/or short-form written answers

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 15/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 05/06/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


See question(s) on Wattle



Ability to address the research question.

Relevance & cohesion of concepts presented.

Quality of excerpts/figures and analysis in support of primary arguments

Standard of academic writing, referencing and formatting.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 22/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 05/06/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Portfolio of Arranging & Composition Tasks

See wattle for specifics of each component (part 1 and part 2). Note that part 1 has an earlier submission date.



Demonstration of the application of elements such as harmonic principles, melody embellishment/development techniques, voicing and arranging techniques or other similar criteria as described in the task descriptor for individual folio component (also includes correct identification and discussion in the analysis)

Clear and professional score layout with detailed markings, articulations and performance instructions. Countermelodies or ostinatos in the rhythm section instruments may also be included.

Creativity in arranging via the use of composed introductions, endings, interludes &/or rhythmic treatment of the melody

Effective writing for ensemble(s)

Written analysis (with music excerpts) addressing:

-      Effective use of musical excerpts in support of analysis

Analysis of underpinning harmonic principles, chord-scale relationships or other analytical concepts as appropriate

Well formatted and clearly presented in appropriate academic style including referencing (texts or lecture notes) &/or comparative examples from other repertoire as appropriate.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 29/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 13/06/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5

Listening quiz (history)

A listening quiz where the student will demonstrate understanding of important stylistic conventions and historical figures through short-form written answers in response to written questions and accompanying recorded excerpts.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 29/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 13/06/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final exam (theory and Aural)

Musical analysis and recall/application of topics studied. The exam will require the provision of musical solutions to questions based on recall and application of techniques studied, and analysis of excerpts using conventional analysis techniques, music notation and/or short-form written answers

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Gregory Stott

Research Interests

Jazz performance, jazz theory, composition

Gregory Stott

Monday 09:00 11:00
Brendan Clarke

Research Interests

Brendan Clarke

By Appointment

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