Our Elective Course Subjects

Stagecraft (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Stagecraft
Subject Code: 22232
Credit Points: 5 credit points
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Nil
Modes: In person. On campus only
Delivery / Contact hrs: 26 hours over 13 weeks
Subject Coordinator: Dan Quigley
Teaching Staff: Melissa Western

Subject Rationale:
As performers, jazz musicians need to understand how to perform on stage in a confident, relaxed and engaging manner. An understanding of stagecraft will assist the musician in both live assessment and live performance contexts. Confident presentation enhances instrumental/vocal performance through improving freedom of expression, control of internal and external barriers, interpersonal connections with other ensemble members, mental clarity and emotional stability. In the context of this course, this subject enhances their capacity for success in Principal Study, Ensemble, Improvisation, and Concert Performance Practice. The subject is broken into two main areas: stagecraft for assessment and stagecraft for live performance. This subject sequentially improves the musician’s awareness of musical and non-musical aspects of performance. It develops skills which enable the student to overcome performance anxiety, improve presentation of performance and manage group dynamics. It includes the experience of addressing an audience, developing an understanding of the power of body language, appropriate stagecraft protocols specific to jazz and attitudes towards performance.

Learning Outcomes:
Through physical and mental concepts and activities, research and a developing understanding of stagecraft in both assessment and live performance contexts, the student will be able to demonstrate:

PHYSICAL

  1. An awareness of potential misuse of the body, and application of appropriate avoidance techniques
  2. Performances which are self-assured and physically flexible, revealing an understanding of appropriate application of muscular force

EXTERNAL

  1. Confidence in performance presentation, with articulate oral skills
  2. Broad knowledge of repertoire and how to use information to enhance presentation
  3. Understanding of group dynamics and successful group interaction

INTERNAL

  1. Identify internal blocks to issues surrounding performance, practise and engagement in successful musical presentation
  2. Understanding of the psychology of music performance anxiety

Weekly Topics

  1. Why are we here? Student expectations and subject review. Overview of Physical/Internal/External factors in musical performance
  2. Topic: Keys to successful practise techniques
  3. Topic: The psychology of music performance anxiety 1
  4. Topic: The psychology of music performance anxiety 2
  5. Masterclass: – Stagecraft for musical performance assessment – Public speaking
  6. Topic: Protocols for live jazz performance
  7. Topic: Best practise jazz performances
  8. Masterclass: – Stagecraft for live performance – Banter, patter and awkward pauses
  9. Topic: Creating performance – concert performance planning
  10. Topic: Individual personalities and group dynamics (enneagram, Myers-Briggs)
  11. Topic: Understanding repertoire
  12. Masterclass: – Concert performance practise
  13. Topic: Relaxation and focus techniques

Assessment:

Assessment Item Topic/s Learning Outcomes assessed (LO) Due Weighting
Oral presentation:Track and analyse assessments involving live performance and present oral presentation on findings Demonstrate ability to engage in self reflection and analysis 1, 2, 3, 4 Week 6 and 7 (in class) 15%
Essay:1000 words on selected topic Evidence of self-directed learning 1, 2, 3, 4 Week 11  30%
Performance reviews:Review 5 x live performances focusing on stagecraft skills Demonstrate ability to identify stagecraft techniques 1, 2, 3, 4 Week 13 15%
Concert presentation: Introduction and performance of songs in concert format Demonstrate learned practices 1, 2, 3, 4 Assessment block 30%
Attendance 10%

Investigating Jazz (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Investigating Jazz
Subject Code: 22229
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Nil
Modes: Full Time. On campus only
Delivery / Contact hrs: 2 Hour class per week for 13weeks
Subject Coordinator: Dan Quigley
Teaching Staff: Melissa Western

Subject Rationale:
Research develops the knowledge base for the jazz musician, and builds their conceptual understanding of elements which contribute to and affect their performance and ability to operate as an informed and critically engaged musician. In the context of this course, this elective is not integrated directly with the other subjects, but contributes to the student’s conceptual understanding of jazz. In this elective, students will learn basic skills of research which will assist them in their preparation for Jazz in Context, Jazz Materials, and in researching repertoire for their various performance-based subjects. This subject introduces students to the study and practice of musical scholarship, through historical discipline and contemporary, dynamic activity related to jazz. It will pay particular attention to the creation, performance and collection/retention of jazz music, the related activities of artists, and the social and cultural dimensions of jazz. This subject enables the student to deeply investigate an artist, a particular historical event, a specific technique or any other topic available for in depth research.

Learning Outcomes:
Through lively and informed class participation, the preparation and delivery of research topics and other presentations, critical reading and listening, and other means, class participants will learn to demonstrate:

  1. A general knowledge of music research as it applies to jazz
  2. A conceptual understanding of the research process as it applies to jazz
  3. Articulate oral presentations about a variety of topics dealing with jazz
  4. Coherent written skills about selected topics which interrogate the student’s conceptual understanding of jazz in its social and historical contexts

Weekly Topics

  1. Investigating jazz – the research process
  2. Investigating jazz – the research process
  3. Concepts of critical thinking
  4. Developing critical thinking skills
  5. Developing critical thinking skills
  6. Jazz in context
  7. Jazz in historical settings
  8. Presenting your research
  9. ASSESSMENT
  10. Jazz in contemporary settings
  11. Student presentations
  12. Student presentations
  13. Student presentations

Assessment:

Assessment Item Topic/s Learning Outcomes assessed (LO) Week Content Delivered Due Weighting
CLASS CONTRIBUTIONS participation in discussion As set 1,2,3 1-10 ongoing 15%
Written exercise: an annotated bibliography of resources related to a given topic Research process 1,2,4 1-4 Week 6 30%
CLASS DISCUSSION Jazz in context 1,2,3 1-4 Week 9 15%
PRESENTATION individual presentation of own research Own research project 1,2,3 1-13 Week 11 – 13  as designated 30%
Attendance 10%

Jazz in Australia (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Jazz in Australia
Subject Code: 22230
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Nil
Modes: Full Time. On campus only
Delivery / Contact hrs: 2 hour lecture per week for 13 weeks.
Subject Coordinator: Dan Quigley / Sean Foran
Teaching Staff: Sean Foran

Subject Rationale:
An understanding of jazz in its Australian contexts is of considerable relevance to intending professional jazz musicians in this country. In the context of this course, Jazz in Australia does not integrate directly with other subjects, but does contribute significantly to the depth of understanding students bring to the performance of Australian work. This subject therefore connects with Principal Study, Ensemble, Improvisation and Contemporary Performance Practice. This subject builds context around key composers, performers, compositions and musical forms in Australian jazz, and sets the music into a broader context of the professional jazz industry in Australia. By focusing on specific case studies, students will research the work of individual artists in their historical and social settings through reading, critical listening and discussion, to gain an understanding of Australian jazz and the contexts in which it is created an played.

Learning Outcomes:
Through consideration and evaluation of past and present practice from musical and extraneous perspectives, students will build a foundation from which they are able to:

  1. Reveal a thorough understanding of the developments in Australian jazz in a broad historical and social context
  2. Demonstrate an advanced ability to aurally analyse and place Australian artists and their work within a broader world perspective
  3. Use coherent written language to reveal developing skills in information literacy, research, critical analysis and documentation
  4. Demonstrate advanced skills of critical listening through correctly identifying different jazz styles and artists from Australia

Weekly Topics:

  1. Jazz in Australia: where does it begin and how does it get to here?
  2. The Australian Jazz Archive: searching the depths
  3. The artists: Don Burrows, George Golla et al
  4. ASSESSMENT – Listening Exam
  5. The venues and organisations: how they impact on the music
  6. The orchestra experiment: Paul Grabowsky
  7. The artists: The Catholics: Sandy Evans, Lloyd Swanton
  8. ASSESSMENT – Class Presentation
  9. The festivals: where and why they are, how they work
  10. The artists: Dale Barlow, Judy Bailey
  11. The composers: Jazz Composers and other composers who use jazz
  12. The new ones: emerging artists
  13. The new ones: concepts and futures

Assessment:

Assessment Item Topic/s Learning Outcomes assessed (LO) Week Content Delivered Due Week Weighting
LISTENING TEST 1In-class test Recognising classic Australian artists and styles 2,4 1,2,3 Week 4 in class 10%
CLASS PRESENTATION Analysing and evaluating an example of one element from the jazz industry in Australia.Eg – organisations, education, media, venues, festivals, societal influences, careers Using Australian jazz 1,2,3 3,4,5,6,7 Week 8 in class 20%
Research assignment: 2000 words

  1. Jazz and the wider music industry.
  2. Jazz and the media
  3. The Australian jazz style
  4. The artist and their influence
  5. Key Australian works &/or albums
Choose from a list of topics  1,2,3 1-12 Week 146/6/14

5pm

50%
LISTENING TEST 2Exam setting: 30 minutes Recognising modern Australian artists and styles 2,4 1-13 Exam period 10%
Attendance 10%

A Capella Ear Training (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: A Capella Ear Training
Subject Code: 23229
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in  Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Nil
Modes: In person. On campus only
Delivery / Contact hrs: 2 Hour Masterclass per week for 13 weeks
Subject Coordinator: Dan Quigley/Helen Russell
Teaching Staff: Helen Russell

Subject Rationale:
As performers, jazz musicians need skills which allow them to present themselves in a confident manner, enabling the best opportunity for a positive experience. This subject focuses on the development of aural acuity in the context of presentation (i.e. beyond the classroom), through which confidence and presentation skills will be improved. Aural acuity is an essential skill for the jazz musician. Musicians certain of their aural capacity bring confidence to their performances. The most direct way of expressing an understanding involving pitch is by singing. The practice of singing without accompaniment promotes a high level of relative pitch, a desirable skill for jazz musicians. In an applied setting, this subject sequentially improves the musician’s awareness of musical aspects of performance, particularly via aural acuity. It develops skills which enable the student to overcome performance anxiety and improve presentation of performance, including the experience of addressing an audience.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this subject students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An ability to demonstrate vocally the formation of chords
  2. An ability to harmonize melodies in a logical way
  3. A secure aural acuity in performance in a vocal ensemble
  4. A secure sense of tonality, individually and as part of a group
  5. Confidence in performance and presentation individually and as part of a group

Weekly Topics

  1. Chords from major scale, drills
  2. Simple progression chord voicing
  3. Parallel harmony, cadences, rehearse repertoire
  4. Major Pentatonic scale & practical use
  5. Passing chords, rehearse repertoire
  6. Chord progression work, rehearse repertoire
  7. Blues harmony, rehearse repertoire
  8. Melody singing & analysis, rehearse repertoire
  9. Inversion focus, rehearse repertoire
  10. Slash chords, rehearse repertoire
  11. Review melody and skills, rehearse repertoire
  12. Review, rehearse repertoire
  13. Review for assessment

Assessment:

Assessment Item Topic/s Learning Outcomes assessed (LO) Week Content Delivered Due Weighting
  1. Written evaluation (1000 words)
Evaluation of experience 1,2,3,4,5 1-9 Week 146/6/14

5pm

10%
  1. Individual demonstrations

of techniques

Demonstrate learned practices 1,2,3,4 1-12 Exam Week 25%
  1. Written notation:

2 written harmony tasks

Demonstrate learned practices 1,2,3,4 1-12 Week 64/4/14

5pm

 

Week 8

18/4/14

5pm

10%10%
Group performance:20 minute performance Contribution to ensemble performance 1,2,3,4,5 1-12 Week 6 &Week 12 10%15%
Engagement in class Engagement and participation in class 1-12 Weekly, tallied Wks 5,  & 13 10 %
Attendance 10%

Jazz Arranging 1 (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Jazz Arranging 1
Subject Code: 23225
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Nil
Modes: Full Time. On campus only
Delivery / Contact hrs: 2 Hour class per week for 13weeks
Subject Coordinator: Dan Quigley
Teaching Staff: Brad Esbensen

Subject Rationale
Jazz musicians benefit from the ability to create and arrange their own music, and this elective further develops the foundational arranging skills which are built into the core subjects of this course. In the context of this course, this elective is not integrated directly with the other subjects, but does complement them. Students enrolled in this elective will draw upon their experiences in practical and theory based subjects, and in turn, will be able to contribute to such subjects as Contemporary Performance Practice and Ensemble by creating arrangements for them. Students who enrol in this elective will find that it enhances their capacity to complete the arrangement tasks required of them in Ensemble and Jazz Materials. This subject examines various jazz arrangement techniques for small group jazz writing. Students will learn through applying arrangement skills, and through listening, analysis and reading.

Learning Outcomes:
Through the processes of aural and written analysis, building a broad knowledge of styles, arranging for specific jazz ensembles, and hearing the arrangements performed, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A conceptual understanding of musical components and processes appropriate to various styles of jazz applied to small ensembles
  2. The ability to create, interpret, present, evaluate and analyse musical material
  3. A secure acquired knowledge of instrumental and vocal ranges and the timbral capacities of all jazz instruments
  4. An applied understanding of historical style and associated treatment of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic material
  5. The ability to creatively arrange work for performance by small ensembles

Weekly Topics

  1. Copyright and Business Ethics, Score Preparation, Instrument Ranges and Transpositions, Elements of an Arrangement
  2. Writing a head arrangement for 1-2 instruments: Melodic Manipulation
  3. Writing a head arrangement for 1-2 instruments: Unison Writing Techniques
  4. ASSESSMENT DUE: Class time for feedback and finishing off task
  5. Rhythm Section: notation and scoring
  6. Piano voicings and Bass lines
  7. Rhythm Section arrangement: Discussion of styles and techniques
  8. ASSESSMENT DUE: Class time for feedback and finishing off task
  9. Two part writing techniques
  10. Three part writing techniques
  11. Overall structure of a completed arrangement: form, intro, endings, shout, solos
  12. Review
  13. ASSESSMENT DUE: Class time for feedback and finishing off task

Assessment

Assessment Item Topic/s Learning Outcomes assessed (LO) Week Content Delivered Due Weighting
Assignment 1 Copyright protocols, basic scoring and arranging techniques, ranges. 1,2,3,4,5 1-5 Week 4 30%
Assignment 2 Students will be required to produce an arrangement of a standard jazz tune for a small ensemble consisting of rhythm section and no more than 5 front line instruments. 1,2,3,4,5 1-7 Week 8 30%
Assignment 3 Students will be required to produce an arrangement of a standard jazz tune for a large ensemble consisting of a rhythm section and at least 5 front line instruments. 1,2,3,4,5 1-13 Week 13 30%
Attendance 10%

Jazz Composition 1 (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Jazz Composition 1
Subject Code: 23227
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Nil
Modes: Full Time. On campus only
Delivery / Contact hrs: 2 Hour class per week for 13weeks
Subject Coordinator: Dan Quigley
Teaching Staff: Dan Quigley

Subject Rationale:
Jazz Composition introduces the student to a variety of writing techniques and approaches to creativity in a variety of styles and ensemble settings. It deepens the student’s understanding of the elements of notation, structure, orchestration and style in the creative writing process, through practical and theoretical perspectives. In the context of this course, this elective does not integrate directly with the other subjects, but contributes to the student’s conceptual understanding of jazz. In this elective, students will become familiar with the creative compositional process and this will enhance the student’s experience of Jazz Materials. Student compositions may be performed in the practice-based subjects, and in public performances by students. This subject will foster an understanding of specifics of notation, structure and invention; an understanding of principles of timbre, sonority and scoring in different combinations. There is a particular emphasis on writing for the small jazz ensemble.

Learning Outcomes:
Through practical and theoretical approaches, aural and written study, students will develop the ability to:

  1. Present works publicly at a level appropriate to the individual student
  2. Successfully complete an original composition from concept to performance
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of notation and structure through the written presentation of their work
  4. Articulate the creative process through critical reflection and analysis of the experience

Weekly Topics:

  1. Course overview. Understanding contemporary jazz styles; Blues
  2. Jazz forms: Blues
  3. Jazz forms: 32 Bar Standards
  4. Jazz forms: 32 Bar Standards
  5. Jazz forms: Modal
  6. Jazz forms: Modal
  7. Jazz forms: Latin
  8. Jazz forms: Latin
  9. Jazz forms: Odd Meter
  10. Jazz forms: Odd Meter
  11. Analysing the experience and process
  12. Performance of 2 compositions

Assessment 

Assessment Item Topic/s Learning Outcomes assessed (LO) Week Content Delivered Due Weighting
ORAL ANALYSIS: in classAnalysing and reflecting upon an original aural source Aural analysis 1,2, 1-11 Week 12 in class 10%
COMPOSITION PORTFOLIO6 Compositions Own compositions 1,2,3 1-13 Week 3 – 5pmWeek 5 – 5pm

Week 7 – 5pm

Week 9 – 5pm

Week 11– 5pm

60%
COMPOSITION IN PERFORMANCE Presenting at least one own composition 1,2,3,4 1-13 As required 20%
Attendance 10%

Music Technology 1 (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Music Technology 1: Fundamentals of Sound Recording
Subject Code: 32237
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: None
Modes: Full Time. On Campus only
Delivery / Contact hrs: 2 Hour Seminar per week for 13 weeks
Subject Coordinator: Dan Quigley
Teaching Staff: Mark Smith

Subject Rationale:
The professional jazz musician often encounters the recording industry and benefits from an understanding of the key technical and creative components of the technology used in recording, and the etiquette of the audio recording industry. In the context of this course, the subject is not directly integrated with the core subjects, although it will apply skills learned in other subjects. It is an ancillary subject designed to extend the experience of all other subjects by providing an overview of contemporary sound recording both inside and outside the studio. The subject explores the elements of sound recording with an emphasis on musical context, recording environment and supportive technologies. It aims to provide an understanding of the theory involved in sound and recording practice, skills in the use of hardware and software, and confidence in problem-solving. It will foster awareness and understanding of music genres and recording venues.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. The ability to apply current music technologies to record live and concert contexts
  2. A clear conceptual understanding of the theoretical applications involved in session planning and coordination, and complex practical applications
  3. The ability to apply critical listening and evaluation skills as appropriate in the production of audio recordings
  4. The ability to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the production context

Weekly Topics

  1. Course overview and objectives. Basics of sound and acoustics. Microphones: Types and placement. Stage set up for recording. Stage set up for live sound. Live sound fundamentals.
  2. Software fundamentals for recording. Listening examples.
  3. Software fundamentals for recording. Listening examples.
  4. Recording project: Recording and mixing trouble shooting. Rostered students record or bring in a recording for mixing. Worksheet 1 Due.
  5. Recording project: Recording and mixing trouble shooting. Rostered students record or bring in a recording for mixing. Worksheet 1 Due.
  6. Recording project: Recording and mixing trouble shooting. Rostered students record or bring in a recording for mixing.
  7. Recording project: Recording and mixing trouble shooting. Rostered students record or bring in a recording for mixing. Worksheet 1 Due.
  8. Recording project: Recording and mixing trouble shooting. Rostered students record or bring in a recording for mixing.
  9. Recording project: Recording and mixing trouble shooting. Rostered students record or bring in a recording for mixing.
  10. Recording project: Recording and mixing trouble shooting. Rostered students record or bring in a recording for mixing. Worksheet 1 Due.
  11. Worksheet 3 Due. Reflection of recording process.
  12. REVIEW
  13. WRITTEN ASSESSMENT

Assessment:

Assessment Item Topic/s Learning Outcomes assessed (LO) Week Content Delivered Due Weighting
Worksheets (3) Various 1,2,3,4 1-10 Weeks 4, 7 & 10 30%
Project Recording 1,2,3,4 1-11 Week 11 20%
Reflective Essay Recording 1,2,3,4 1-11 Week 12 20%
Written Assessment Various 1,2,3,4 1-11 Week   13 20%
Attendance 10%

Music Technology 2 (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Music Technology 2 : The Virtual Studio
Subject Code: 32238
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: None
Modes: Full Time. On Campus only
Delivery / Contact hrs: 2 Hour Seminar per week for 13 weeks
Subject Coordinator: Dan Quigley
Teaching Staff: Stephen Russell

Subject Rationale:
The professional jazz musician finds benefit in familiarity with contemporary music software and technology suited to their self-publishing needs, in score and audio. In the context of this course, the subject is not directly integrated with the core subjects, although it will apply skills learned in other subjects, e.g. skills learned in Jazz Materials will be applied in writing scores. It is an ancillary subject designed to extend the experience of all other subjects by providing an overview of the contemporary computer-based virtual studio.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this subject, students will be expected to demonstrate

  1. A basic knowledge of virtual studio software concepts and operations
  2. A clear understanding of and ability to achieve specific tasks in selected software programs.
  3. A basic knowledge of and ability to apply publishing software for arranging and composition
  4. A conceptual understanding of music technology as it is applied in the music industry
  5. A clear understanding of podcasting/RSS as it is applied in distribution strategies

Weekly Topics

  1. New File Wizard. Instruments, Style, clefs, time signature, Beams and Rest Groups, key signatures. Adding and deleting bars, controlling bars-per-line, entering  notes and rests.
  2. Preferences. Playback window. Ties, tuplets, slurs, repeats and double bar lines.
  3. Understanding House Styles, editing elements versus editing Style. Text and chord symbols.
  4. Accidentals, articulations, noteheads, metronome marks, dynamics, segnos, lines and symbols.
  5. Hiding things, hiding empty staves. Layout Menu.
  6. Refining Project 1.
  7. Lyrics. Polyphony.
  8. Styles in more detail. Headers. Stave and note spacing adjustments.
  9. Selection filtering and Advanced Filter.
  10. Refining Project 2.
  11. Publishing
  12. Publishing
  13. REVIEW

Assessment:

Assessment Item Topic/s Learning Outcomes assessed (LO) Week Content Delivered Due Weighting
Project 1: Lead Sheet Music Software 1,2,3,4 2-4 Week 630/8/13 5pm 25%
Project 2: Big Band Score Music Software 1,2,3,4 5-7 Week 1325/10/13 5pm 50%
Written Essay Publishing and licensing 5 1-12 Week 1325/10/13 5pm 15%
Attendance Weekly attendance 10%

Jazz Arranging 2 (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Jazz Arranging 2
Subject Code: 33226
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Jazz Arranging 1
Modes: Full Time. On campus only
Delivery / Contact hrs: 2 Hour class per week for 13weeks
Subject Coordinator: Dan Quigley
Teaching Staff: Brad Esbensen

Subject Rationale
Jazz musicians benefit from the ability to create and arrange their own music, and this elective further develops the foundational arranging skills which are built into the core subjects of this course. In the context of this course, this elective is not integrated directly with the other subjects, but does complement them. Students enrolled in this elective will draw upon their experiences in practical and theory based subjects, and in turn, will be able to contribute to such subjects as Contemporary Performance Practice and Ensemble by creating arrangements for them. Students who enrol in this elective will find that it enhances their capacity to complete the arrangement tasks required of them in Ensemble and Jazz Materials. This subject examines extended and complex jazz arrangement techniques for various jazz ensembles, including voice. Students will learn through applying arrangement skills, and through listening, analysis and reading.

Learning Outcomes:
Through the processes of aural and written analysis, building a broad knowledge of styles, arranging for specific jazz ensembles, and hearing the arrangements performed, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An advanced conceptual understanding of musical components and processes appropriate to various styles of jazz applied to various ensembles
  2. An insightful ability to create, interpret, present, evaluate and analyse musical material in innovative ways
  3. A secure acquired knowledge of instrumental and vocal ranges and the timbral capacities of all instruments
  4. An advanced applied understanding of historical style and associated treatment of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic material
  5. A high level of ability to creatively arrange work for performance by small ensembles

Weekly Topics

  1. 4 & 5 Part Voicing Techniques
  2. Harmonisation of passing tones
  3. Review
  4. Writing for sections: Saxes/Woodwind
  5. Writing for sections: Brass
  6. Writing for sections: Saxes/Woodwind
  7. Writing for sections: Rhythm Section
  8. Writing for sections: Voices
  9. Review
  10. Analysis of other arrangements
  11. Analysis of other arrangements
  12. Analysis of other arrangements
  13. Review

Assessment

Assessment Item Topic/s Learning Outcomes assessed (LO) Week Content Delivered Due Weighting
Assessment 1: completion of exercises in chord voicing and harmonisation of passing tones Arranging Techniques 1,2, 1-2 Week 3 15%
Assessment 2: short arrangements (16 bars) as specified for various sections of big band Arrangement – section writing 1,2,3,4,5 1-8 Week 9 25%
Assessment 3: full arrangement for big band (5 saxes, 8 brass, 3 rhythm) – assessment includes submission of score, audio recording and attendance at a workshop session with a big band to be held at Brisbane Jazz Club, Monday 21 October 2013,1900-2100hrs. Arrangement – big band 1,2,3,4,5 1-13 Week 14
(Study Week)
50%
Attendance 10%

Jazz Composition 2 (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Jazz Composition 2
Subject Code: 33228
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Jazz Composition 1
Modes: Full Time. On campus only
Delivery / Contact hrs: 2 Hour class per week for 13weeks
Subject Coordinator: Dan Quigley
Teaching Staff: Dan Quigley

Subject Rationale:
Jazz Composition 2 advances the student’s writing skills and creativity in a broad range of styles and ensemble settings. Through practical and theoretical experiences, it expands knowledge of the elements of notation, structure, orchestration and style in the creative writing process. In the context of this course, this elective does not integrate directly with the other subjects, but contributes to the student’s conceptual understanding of jazz. In this elective, students will further explore the creative process, thus enhancing the student’s other subjects, and providing opportunities for performances of original work in class and public settings. This subject will foster an understanding of compositional techniques used in a variety of contemporary jazz styles. It gives insight into techniques of advanced composition through study of form, structure, melody writing. Bitonality, counterpoint and orchestration in contemporary, post-bop and modal styles.

Learning Outcomes:
Through practical and theoretical approaches, aural and written study, students will develop the ability to:

  1. Successfully present works publicly at a professional level
  2. Successfully build a portfolio of original compositions
  3. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of appropriate notation and structure through application in written presentation of their work, including presentation of score and parts for ensemble members
  4. Clearly articulate and reflect upon the creative process through critical analysis of one’s own experience

Weekly Topics

  1. Course overview. Understanding contemporary jazz styles; Blues
  2. Jazz forms: Blues
  3. Jazz forms: 32 Bar Standards
  4. Jazz forms: 32 Bar Standards
  5. Jazz forms: Modal
  6. Jazz forms: Modal
  7. Jazz forms: Latin
  8. Jazz forms: Latin
  9. Jazz forms: Odd Meter
  10. Jazz forms: Odd Meter
  11. Analysing the experience and process
  12. Performance of 2 compositions

Assessment 

Assessment Item Topic/s Learning Outcomes assessed (LO) Week Content Delivered Due Weighting
ORAL ANALYSIS: in classAnalysing and reflecting upon an original aural source Aural analysis 1,2, 1-11 Week 12 in class 10%
COMPOSITION PORTFOLIO6 Compositions Own compositions 1,2,3 1-13 Week 3 – 9/8/13 5pmWeek 5 – 23/8/13 5pm

Week 7 – 6/9/13 5pm

Week 9 – 20/9/13 5pm

Week 11 – 11/10/13 5pm

60%
COMPOSITION IN PERFORMANCE Presenting at least one own composition 1,2,3,4 1-13 As required 20%
Attendance 10%

Self-Directed Study 1 (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Self-Directed Study 1
Subject Code: 33251
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Nil
Modes: As appropriate to the project.
Delivery / Contact hrs: Supervision as required by the individual project, which is taken over 13 weeks
Subject Coordinator: Melissa Western
Teaching Staff: As appropriate to the project

Subject Rationale:
To prepare students as professional musicians, it is important that they have flexibility to pursue a professional project of their own choosing, under supervision and mentoring by JMI staff, selected as appropriate for the particular project. The Self-directed Study project will build professional experience in a field related to the student’s own study interests. During the experience they will be encouraged to document and reflect upon the experience. In the context of this course, this elective does not integrate directly with the other subjects, but contributes to the student’s conceptual understanding of what it means to be a professional jazz musician. This subject develops knowledge and skills in individual ways relative to the individual project. Each one will be formally documented with projected learning outcomes and methods of assessment agreed between student and mentor.

Learning Outcomes:
The learning outcomes will vary for each project, and the supervisor will reach an agreement with the student as to the learning outcomes which will be expected of the project. At the very least, it would be realistic to expect that students might be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specific understanding developing through the experience
  2. Articulate the knowledge gained and value of the experience through a coherent written journal which both documents and reflects upon the experience
  3. Reveal an advanced awareness of the professional setting in which the student was situated, or an advanced awareness of a specific topic under study

Weekly schedule:
The weekly expectations of individual students will vary with the project, and the supervisor and student will design a program of meetings and supervision tailored to the individual project. You will be allocated 4 hours of consultation time with your supervisor.

Assessment:
Assessment for each individual project will be determined by the supervisor and student in consultation when the project is designed. It is expected that there will be a written or lasting (e.g. recording, manuscript) outcome for assessment, and also a practical element. Whatever the experience, it should be documented in a professional development journal which reflects on the experience. The ratio of allocated assessment figures will depend on the individual project.

Self-Directed Study 2 (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Self-Directed Study 2
Subject Code: 33252
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Self-Directed Study 1
Modes: As appropriate to the project.
Delivery / Contact hrs: Supervision as required by the individual project, which is taken over 13 weeks
Subject Coordinator: Melissa Western
Teaching Staff: As appropriate to the project

Subject Rationale:
To prepare students as professional musicians, it is important that they have flexibility to pursue a professional project of their own choosing, under supervision and mentoring by JMI staff, selected as appropriate for the particular project. The Self-directed Study project will build professional experience in a field related to the student’s own study interests. During the experience they will be encouraged to document and reflect upon the experience. In the context of this course, this elective does not integrate directly with the other subjects, but contributes to the student’s conceptual understanding of what it means to be a professional jazz musician. This subject develops knowledge and skills in individual ways relative to the individual project. Each one will be formally documented with projected learning outcomes and methods of assessment agreed between student and mentor.

Learning Outcomes:
The learning outcomes will vary for each project, and the supervisor will reach an agreement with the student as to the learning outcomes which will be expected of the project. At the very least, it would be realistic to expect that students might be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specific understanding developing through the experience
  2. Articulate the knowledge gained and value of the experience through a coherent written journal which both documents and reflects upon the experience
  3. Reveal an advanced awareness of the professional setting in which the student was situated, or an advanced awareness of a specific topic under study

Weekly schedule:
The weekly expectations of individual students will vary with the project, and the supervisor and student will design a program of meetings and supervision tailored to the individual project. You will be allocated 4 hours of consultation time with your supervisor.

Assessment:
Assessment for each individual project will be determined by the supervisor and student in consultation when the project is designed. It is expected that there will be a written or lasting (e.g. recording, manuscript) outcome for assessment, and also a practical element. Whatever the experience, it should be documented in a professional development journal which reflects on the experience. The ratio of allocated assessment figures will depend on the individual project.

Jazz Research Study 1 (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Jazz Research Study 1
Subject Code: 33253
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Investigating Jazz
Modes: Full Time. On campus only
Delivery / Contact hrs: 2 Hour class per week for 13weeks
Subject Coordinator: Dan Quigley
Teaching Staff: Melissa Western 

Subject Rationale:
Research develops the knowledge base for the jazz musician, and in various ways builds their conceptual understanding of elements which contribute to and affect their performance. In the context of this course, this elective does not integrate directly with the other subjects, but contributes to the student’s conceptual understanding of jazz and their capacity for scholarly outcomes. In this elective, students will learn to apply research skills which will assist them in their preparation for Jazz in Context, Jazz Materials, and prepare them for future study. This subject develops the study and practice of musical scholarship, through application of research skills in a mentored project undertaken by students who wish to extend themselves in a scholarly manner. It will pay particular attention to the research process as it relates to the student’s chosen project.

Learning Outcomes:
Through class discussion, critical reading, and the completion of an approved individual project, students will learn to demonstrate:

  1. A clear understanding of the research process as it applies to the individual project
  2. A thorough and organised approach to designing methodology and implementing the data collection strategies
  3. A developing ability to critically analyse and present research data
  4. Developing oral skills in articulate presentations about a variety of topics dealing with jazz in Australia
  5. Coherent written skills about selected topics which interrogate the student’s conceptual understanding of jazz in its social and historical contexts

Weekly Topics

  1. The research process in detail
  2. The research process – Methodology
  3. The research process – Literature Reviews
  4. The research process – gathering data
  5. The research process – analysing data
  6. ASSESSMENT
  7. Mentoring the researchers
  8. Mentoring the researchers
  9. Mentoring the researchers
  10. Mentoring the researchers
  11. NO CLASS
  12. NO CLASS 

Assessment:

Assessment Item Topic/s Learning Outcomes assessed (LO) Week Content Delivered Due Weighting
CLASS CONTRIBUTIONS participation in discussion As set 1,2,3 1-10 ongoing 10%
CLASS DISCUSSION The research process 1,2,3 1-4 Week 6 10%
PRESENTATION individual presentation of own research Own research project 1,2,3 1-13 IN ASSESSMENT WKS 40%

Jazz Research Study 2 (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Jazz Research Study 2
Subject Code: 33254
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Jazz Research Study 1
Modes: Full Time. On campus only
Delivery / Contact hrs: 2 Hour class per week for 13weeks
Subject Coordinator: Dan Quigley
Teaching Staff: Melissa Western 

Subject Rationale:
Research develops the knowledge base for the jazz musician, and in various ways builds their conceptual understanding of elements which contribute to and affect their performance. In the context of this course, this elective is not integrated directly with the other subjects, but contributes to the student’s conceptual understanding of jazz and scholarly development. In this elective, students will continue to develop research skills which will assist them in their preparation for further study. This subject develops an understanding of the relationship between scholarship and the research process. Through the study of methodology and research techniques, students will be equipped to design and engage in a mentored research project which will result in a conference presentation.

Learning Outcomes:
Through class discussion, critical reading, and the completion of an approved individual project, students will learn to demonstrate:

  1. An advanced understanding of and ability to apply each stage in the research process
  2. A thorough and organised approach to project developing the concept, designing  and implementing the research project
  3. An advancing ability to critically analyse and present research data
  4. Oral skills which are articulate and concise in an oral conference presentation which also requires them to respond to questions about the research  and its process
  5. Advanced and coherent written skills in the scholarly presentation of the research

Weekly Topics

  1. The research process in review
  2. Finding a conference
  3. The project: developing the concept and abstract
  4. Designing the project, including methodology
  5. The abstract and literature review
  6. Confirming the methodology
  7. Mentoring the researchers
  8. Mentoring the researchers
  9. Mentoring the researchers
  10. Mentoring the researchers
  11. Student presentations
  12. Student presentations

Assessment:

Assessment Item Topic/s Learning Outcomes assessed (LO) Week Content Delivered Due Weighting
CLASS CONTRIBUTIONS participation in discussion As set 1,2,3 1-10 ongoing 10%
Written presentation of the research Project 1,2,3 1-10 Week 11/12 40%
ORAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATION individual presentation of own research Own research project 1,2,3,4 1-13 Week 11 or 12,  as designated 50%

Performance Project Study 1 (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Performance Project Study 1
Subject Code: 33255
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Nil
Modes: As appropriate to the project with a weekly one hour masterclass for 13 weeks
Delivery / Contact hrs: As appropriate to the project with a weekly one hour masterclass for 13 weeks
Subject Coordinator: Dan Quigley
Teaching Staff: As appropriate to the project

Subject Rationale:
To prepare students as professional musicians, it is important that they have flexibility to pursue a professional project of their own choosing, under supervision and mentoring by JMI staff, selected as appropriate for the particular project. The Performance Project Study project will build professional experience in a field related to the student’s own study interests. During the experience they will be encouraged to document and reflect upon the experience. In the context of this course, this elective does not integrate directly with the other subjects, but contributes to the student’s conceptual understanding of what it means to be a professional jazz musician. This subject develops knowledge and skills in individual ways relative to the individual project. Each one will be formally documented with projected learning outcomes and methods of assessment agreed between student and mentor.

Learning Outcomes:
The learning outcomes will vary for each project, and the supervisor will reach an agreement with the student as to the learning outcomes which will be expected of the project. At the very least, it would be realistic to expect that students might be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specific understanding developing through the experience
  2. Articulate the knowledge gained and value of the experience through a coherent written journal which both documents and reflects upon the experience
  3. Reveal an advanced awareness of the professional setting in which the student was situated, or an advanced awareness of a specific topic under study

Weekly schedule:
The weekly one hour class will be spent workshopping and discussing the progression of each individual student’s project.  Class time will be spent discussing the project concept, venues, instrumentation, repertoire, arrangements, charts etc.  Each student will be graded on their preparedness for class and the level to which they engage in class discussion.

Assessment:

Assessment Item Topic/s Learning Outcomes assessed (LO) Week Content Delivered Due Weighting
1. Practical Performance:20 mins Performance to be organized outside of JMI 1,2,3 1-12 Week13 20%
2. Project proposal:500 word proposal outlining objectives Detailed proposal of performance Week 416/8/13 5pm 10%
3.Written Assignments:2000 word reflective essay Reflective essay 1,2,3 1-12 End of study week1/11/13 5pm 50%
4. Recording of performance Video or audio documentation of performance 1,2,3 1-12 End of study week1/11/13 5pm 10%
5. Weekly attendance and class contribution Contribution to class discussions 1,2,3 1-13 10%

Performance Project Study 2 (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Performance Project Study 2
Subject Code: 33256
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Performance Project Study 1
Modes: As appropriate to the project with a weekly one hour masterclass for 13 weeks
Delivery / Contact hrs: As appropriate to the project with a weekly one hour masterclass for 13 weeks
Subject Coordinator: Dan Quigley
Teaching Staff: As appropriate to the project

Subject Rationale:
To prepare students as professional musicians, it is important that they have flexibility to pursue a professional project of their own choosing, under supervision and mentoring by JMI staff, selected as appropriate for the particular project. The Performance Project Study project will build professional experience in a field related to the student’s own study interests. During the experience they will be encouraged to document and reflect upon the experience. In the context of this course, this elective does not integrate directly with the other subjects, but contributes to the student’s conceptual understanding of what it means to be a professional jazz musician. This subject develops knowledge and skills in individual ways relative to the individual project. Each one will be formally documented with projected learning outcomes and methods of assessment agreed between student and mentor.

Learning Outcomes:
The learning outcomes will vary for each project, and the supervisor will reach an agreement with the student as to the learning outcomes which will be expected of the project. At the very least, it would be realistic to expect that students might be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specific understanding developing through the experience
  2. Articulate the knowledge gained and value of the experience through a coherent written journal which both documents and reflects upon the experience
  3. Reveal an advanced awareness of the professional setting in which the student was situated, or an advanced awareness of a specific topic under study

Weekly schedule:
The weekly one hour class will be spent workshopping and discussing the progression of each individual student’s project.  Class time will be spent discussing the project concept, venues, instrumentation, repertoire, arrangements, charts etc.  Each student will be graded on their preparedness for class and the level to which they engage in class discussion.

Assessment:

Assessment Item Topic/s Learning Outcomes assessed (LO) Week Content Delivered Due Weighting
1. Practical Performance:20 mins Performance to be organized outside of JMI 1,2,3 1-12 Week13 20%
2. Project proposal:500 word proposal outlining objectives Detailed proposal of performance Week 416/8/13 5pm 10%
3.Written Assignments:2000 word reflective essay Reflective essay 1,2,3 1-12 End of study week1/11/13 5pm 50%
4. Recording of performance Video or audio documentation of performance 1,2,3 1-12 End of study week1/11/13 5pm 10%
5. Weekly attendance and class contribution Contribution to class discussions 1,2,3 1-13 10%

Self-Directed Study 3 (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Self-Directed Study 3
Subject Code: 33261
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Self-Directed Study 2
Modes: As appropriate to the project.
Delivery / Contact hrs: Supervision as required by the individual project, which is taken over 13 weeks
Subject Coordinator: Melissa Western
Teaching Staff: As appropriate to the project

Subject Rationale:
To prepare students as professional musicians, it is important that they have flexibility to pursue a professional project of their own choosing, under supervision and mentoring by JMI staff, selected as appropriate for the particular project. The Self-directed Study project will build professional experience in a field related to the student’s own study interests. During the experience they will be encouraged to document and reflect upon the experience. In the context of this course, this elective does not integrate directly with the other subjects, but contributes to the student’s conceptual understanding of what it means to be a professional jazz musician. This subject develops knowledge and skills in individual ways relative to the individual project. Each one will be formally documented with projected learning outcomes and methods of assessment agreed between student and mentor.

Learning Outcomes:
The learning outcomes will vary for each project, and the supervisor will reach an agreement with the student as to the learning outcomes which will be expected of the project. At the very least, it would be realistic to expect that students might be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specific understanding developing through the experience
  2. Articulate the knowledge gained and value of the experience through a coherent written journal which both documents and reflects upon the experience
  3. Reveal an advanced awareness of the professional setting in which the student was situated, or an advanced awareness of a specific topic under study

Weekly schedule:
The weekly expectations of individual students will vary with the project, and the supervisor and student will design a program of meetings and supervision tailored to the individual project. You will be allocated 4 hours of consultation time with your supervisor.

Assessment:
Assessment for each individual project will be determined by the supervisor and student in consultation when the project is designed. It is expected that there will be a written or lasting (e.g. recording, manuscript) outcome for assessment, and also a practical element. Whatever the experience, it should be documented in a professional development journal which reflects on the experience. The ratio of allocated assessment figures will depend on the individual project.

Self-Directed Study 4 (5 Credit Points)

Subject Name: Self-Directed Study 4
Subject Code: 33262
Credit Points: 5
Award(s): Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance
Core / Elective: Elective
Pre / co-requisites: Self-Directed Study 3
Modes: As appropriate to the project.
Delivery / Contact hrs: Supervision as required by the individual project, which is taken over 13 weeks
Subject Coordinator: Melissa Western
Teaching Staff: As appropriate to the project

Subject Rationale:
To prepare students as professional musicians, it is important that they have flexibility to pursue a professional project of their own choosing, under supervision and mentoring by JMI staff, selected as appropriate for the particular project. The Self-directed Study project will build professional experience in a field related to the student’s own study interests. During the experience they will be encouraged to document and reflect upon the experience. In the context of this course, this elective does not integrate directly with the other subjects, but contributes to the student’s conceptual understanding of what it means to be a professional jazz musician. This subject develops knowledge and skills in individual ways relative to the individual project. Each one will be formally documented with projected learning outcomes and methods of assessment agreed between student and mentor.

Learning Outcomes:
The learning outcomes will vary for each project, and the supervisor will reach an agreement with the student as to the learning outcomes which will be expected of the project. At the very least, it would be realistic to expect that students might be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specific understanding developing through the experience
  2. Articulate the knowledge gained and value of the experience through a coherent written journal which both documents and reflects upon the experience
  3. Reveal an advanced awareness of the professional setting in which the student was situated, or an advanced awareness of a specific topic under study

Weekly schedule:
The weekly expectations of individual students will vary with the project, and the supervisor and student will design a program of meetings and supervision tailored to the individual project. You will be allocated 4 hours of consultation time with your supervisor.

Assessment:
Assessment for each individual project will be determined by the supervisor and student in consultation when the project is designed. It is expected that there will be a written or lasting (e.g. recording, manuscript) outcome for assessment, and also a practical element. Whatever the experience, it should be documented in a professional development journal which reflects on the experience. The ratio of allocated assessment figures will depend on the individual project.