• Class Number 3345
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Gregory Stott
    • Gregory Stott
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

This course extends students' understanding of aural and theoretical techniques pertaining to jazz. Students will develop skills in the analysis 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): aural training for jazz, functional analysis of diatonic, chromatic, and modal harmonies in jazz music, chord-scale relationships, arranging techniques for jazz and popular instruments in small ensembles.

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 an ability to fluently read, transcribe and interpret jazz rhythmic, melodic and harmonic elements; and
  4. apply knowledge of instruments common to jazz idioms in notation exercises and arranging tasks.

Required Resources

Students will need access to notation software. Sibelius is on the lab machines, or you may use something like Musescore.

Whether you are on campus or studying online, 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.

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
Wk 6 Aural Quiz 15 % 26/03/2024 1, 2, 3, & 4
Wk 6 Theory Quiz 10 % 26/03/2024 1, 2, 3, & 4
Wk 12 Aural Exam 25 % 21/05/2024 1, 2, 3, & 4
Wk 12 Theory Exam 20 % 21/05/2024 1, 2, 3, & 4
Composition and Analysis task 20 % 24/05/2024 1, 2, 3, & 4
Aural Workshop Activities 10 % 21/05/2024 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 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.


Participation and attendance in-person is expected. Aural training is based on active engagement with activities. Similarly, theory training requires discussion and interaction. Theory slides and lecture recording will be made available on Wattle but tutorials are typically not recorded. The Aural workshop has an attendance element in assessment that is combined with weekly tasks.


Exams are held in the lecture times for wk 6, and both the lecture and tutorial times combined for wk 12. Wk 6 tutorial activities will happen as normal.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 26/03/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, & 4

Wk 6 Aural Quiz

In-class assessment of drills and topics studied to date in class and via any supporting software applications. The exam will be in-person, in the regular timetabled class, but may also include an online component.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 26/03/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, & 4

Wk 6 Theory Quiz

In-class written exam based on music analysis skills studied to date.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 21/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, & 4

Wk 12 Aural Exam

In-class assessment of drills and topics studied to date in class and via any supporting software applications. The exam will be in-person, in the regular timetabled class, but may also include an online component.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 21/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, & 4

Wk 12 Theory Exam

In-class written exam based on music analysis skills studied to date.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 24/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, & 4

Composition and Analysis task

This assessment consists of one major composition and analysis work (developed in stages), with accompanying written analysis. The final due date is in wk. 12, but stage 1 due in wk. 6. The composition demonstrates melodic and harmonic principles studied in class through the development of a contract, reharmonising an existing work

Stage 1 – Contrafact analysis and reharmonisation

·      Choose a work from a supplied list and generate your own lead sheet/score. You may use existing scores to assist but you are encouraged to draw from multiple sources, including transcribing elements of famous recordings (includes citations/discography as relevant)

·      Present a musical analysis (annotated scores, multiple staves where appropriate)

·      Develop a reharmonisation based on reductive analysis.

·      Compose a single-line melody for your reharmonised contra-fact. Demonstrate melodic principles studied in class

·      Additional aspects of lead sheet notation will be covered in class. A simple (single-staved) lead sheet will suffice but a double-staved lead sheet with specific bass or rhythm section notations is encouraged. Your composition should have written introductions and endings.

Stage 2 (final Submission) – composition and written analysis

Composition guidelines

·      Develop the stage 1 composition into a fully notated score with written accompaniment for piano or guitar (full notation of voicings and rhythms, not just chord symbols).

·      Submitted as a Sibelius file or similar format that allows audio playback. 

o   Include accompanying word or pdf document containing analysis with annotated score.

o   Clear and professional score layout with detailed markings, articulations and performance instructions

o   Your analysis should demonstrate an understanding of harmonic principles and melodic development/embellishment techniques employed. 

·      You are encouraged to include additional Rhythm Section staves as required, but must have melody and harmony instrument staves as a minimum.

·      Add a second melodic instrument (scored on a separate stave) for counter-melody and harmonisation of the main melody.

o   Appropriate use of voicings, harmonisation, textures/settings, instrument ranges and tessituras as studied in class

·      Compose/arrange introductions, endings &/or interludes (additional to the 32 bars requirement). 

·      Utilise a wide selection of chromatic functional harmony studied to date.

·      Utilise melody development and embellishment techniques studied to date.Detailed score with all markings, articulations, dynamics etc. 

Analysis guidelines

·      1000-1200 words (not including appendix, figures, footnotes, annotated score or similar) 

·      Include original lead sheet composition and annotated scores in appendix (updated based on stage 1 feedback if appropriate) and demonstrate the connection of the final composition to the original stage 1 composition.

·      Effective, focused and efficient use of descriptive analysis with supporting figures and examples. Consistent terminology and standard analytical symbols as studied in class.

·      Appropriate formatting of musical examples

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



Demonstrated application of harmonic principles, melody embellishment/development techniques, voicing and arranging techniques.

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

Effective writing for ensemble accompaniment instrument(s)

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

Well laid out according to stylistic conventions. 

Appropriate use of instruments (ranges, techniques etc.) 

Written analysis (with music excerpts) addressing:

-       Effective use of musical excerpts in support of analysis

Demonstrated understanding and effective 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 6

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 21/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, & 4

Aural Workshop Activities

This assessment is in 2 parts - the first based on participation in the workshop session of the aural classes. To satisfy participation you will be required to have your instrument and actively engage with aural-based performance and creative activities each week (not on exam weeks - total 10 weeks.

The second part includes activities required to be completed approximately fortnightly (additional details on Wattle). The activities will be some combination of completing aural training drills (via Ear Master software), short written responses to discussion/listening activities, and preparing musical ideas to bring to workshops. 

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 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

Guitar improvisation, composition, music theory & arranging

Gregory Stott

Tuesday 11:00 12:00
Gregory Stott

Research Interests

Gregory Stott

Tuesday 11:00 12:00

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