• Class Number 6821
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Gregory Stott
    • Dr Constantine Campbell
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

This course extends students' theoretical knowledge of jazz through advanced analysis of a broad range of jazz repertory and creative practices. Students will further develop their 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 more complex elements of jazz, including pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm, and form;
  2. apply more complex theoretical knowledge and analytical techniques to jazz repertoire drawing on advanced terminology and nomenclature;
  3. demonstrate advanced understanding of the theoretical foundations of jazz composition and improvisation through either performance or prose exposition;
  4. apply advanced knowledge of instruments common to jazz idioms in creative adaptation, re-harmonisation, and arranging; and
  5. research jazz topics drawing on notated scores, recorded performances, and scholarly sources.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course overview Theory - summary of harmony & chord-scale relationships Aural - rhythm & improvisation workshop
2 Bebop review. re-harmonisation strategies. Aural - rhythm & improvisation workshop
3 Theory - additional scales and modal sonorities Aural - rhythm & improvisation workshop
4 Theory - playing inside, outside, and both at once Aural - rhythm & improvisation workshop
5 Theory - slash chords Aural - rhythm & improvisation workshop
6 Theory - harmonic & rhythmic improvisational practice Aural - rhythm & improvisation workshop
7 Theory - overview of arranging techniques Aural - rhythm & improvisation workshop
8 Theory - techniques for arranging horns Aural - rhythm & improvisation workshop
9 Theory - techniques for arranging rhythm sections Aural - rhythm & improvisation workshop
10 Theory - arranging for small ensembles Aural - rhythm & improvisation workshop
11 Theory - arranging for large ensembles Aural - rhythm & improvisation workshop
12 Theory - from composition to performance Aural - rhythm & improvisation workshop

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Folio of Aural Quizzes 40 % 18/10/2022 1,2 & 3
Score Analysis 20 % 30/08/2022 1,2,3,4 & 5
Aural workshop and improvisation engagement 10 % 18/10/2022 1,2,3 & 4
Creative folio (arrangement and solo composition) 30 % 24/10/2022 1,2,3,4 & 5

* 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills 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: 40 %
Due Date: 18/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2 & 3

Folio of Aural Quizzes

Due: Tuesday, Oct 18 (wk. 11)

LO’s: 1, 2 & 3

Students will complete 3 aural quiz assessments throughout the semester – wk. 5 (10%), wk. 8 (15%), and wk. 11 (15%). Assessment topics will be based on the weekly aural drills and practice, covering aspects such as intervals, scales, chords and inversions, and harmonic and melodic dictation.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 30/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4 & 5

Score Analysis

Due: Tuesday, Aug 30 (wk. 6)

LO’s: 1,2,3,4 & 5


Analyse an assigned solo. Identify scale choices, reharmonisation/substitution techniques, motivic elements, use of development or transformation strategies, or any other relevant criteria.


Your submission should address the following criteria:

1.    800-1000 words

2.    Include annotated scores and musical excepts

3.    Reference discographical information and other relevant theory sources that support your analysis.



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

Effective use of musical excerpts and annotated scores in support of analysis.

Analysis of underpinning harmonic principles (including reharmonisation), melodic principles and arranging techniques

Demonstrated understanding of harmonic, melodic and rhythmic principles in the solo analysis

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 18/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3 & 4

Aural workshop and improvisation engagement

Due: Tuesday, Oct 18 (wk. 11)

LO’s: 1,2,3 & 4

Students are required to complete weekly tasks (1 per week, 1% each – wk.2-11). Students will participate in weekly presentation and discussion of these tasks the class workshop.

Tasks will be given the week prior and may be in the form of any of the following:

·      Short phrase/lick compositions – ii-V-I’s, use of specific scales etc.

·      Transcriptions of set phrases and composed/performed/improvised variations

·      Class/workshop-based improvisations over specific harmonic or rhythmic concepts

Achievement of the weekly 1% will require:

1.    Adequate preparation of materials according to each task descriptor

a.    Note – may require Wattle submission in some cases

Attendance and presentation in the corresponding weekly class workshop.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 24/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4 & 5

Creative folio (arrangement and solo composition)

Due: Tuesday, Oct 24 (wk.12)

LO’s: 1,2,3,4 & 5

Score an arrangement for an assigned jazz standard (details in class and on Wattle)

·      Notated for rhythm section, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, trumpet and trombone

·      Show detailed, stylistically appropriate treatment and interpretation of the melody in the score.

·      Compose a solo for one of the frontline instruments demonstrating application of the improvisation strategies studied.

·      Utilise slash chords &/or other advanced harmony as extensions, embellishments and substitutions for conventional functional harmony, including a demonstration of the development from simpler chord changes. Modal harmony may also be incorporated.

·      An analysis of 800-1000 words, with additional musical excerpts and annotated scores (as appendix) that demonstrates your ability to apply and analyse the harmonic and melodic principles including combining stylistic awareness and control over aspects of large ensemble arranging studied to date with further personal research into the topic





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


Effective use of musical excerpts in support of analysis. Demonstrated understanding of underpinning harmonic principles (including reharmonisation), melodic principles and arranging techniques


Clear and professional score layout with detailed markings, articulations and performance instructions. Appropriate formatting.


Creative and effective arranging via the use of composed/arranged introductions, endings, interludes. Rhythmic treatment/interpretation of the melody


Demonstrated application of harmonisation and arranging strategies studied to date. Effective use of form.


Demonstrated application of melody/solo writing principles (bebop solo) via annotated score and correct exposition and discussion in the analysis.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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

Performance, improvisation, theory and analysis, composition

Gregory Stott

By Appointment
Dr Constantine Campbell

Research Interests

Dr Constantine Campbell

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