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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Robert Burke


This unit will introduce students to compositional and arranging methodologies for a variety of jazz ensembles and discrete styles. The composition component of the unit will include discussion of fundamental compositional elements such as form, structure, melody-writing, voice-leading and rhythm-section writing. Through listening tasks and score analysis of historical and contemporary pieces by seminal jazz artists, basic arranging concepts such as range, register and blend will be explored. Students will apply learnt skills to the development of their own musical works, which will be performed and subject to further analysis.


On successful completion of this unit, the students:

  1. Will have fundamental understanding of jazz composition, arranging styles and methodologies as informed by historical and contemporary practices;
  2. Will have the ability to critically evaluate, analyse and discuss jazz compositions and arrangements from written score and audio media;
  3. Will apply these learnt arranging and compositional concepts to formulating and developing their own musical works;


Essay (1500 words): 33%
Folio of Compositions/arrangements (equiv. 3000 words): 67%

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture per week


ATS1345 and ATS1346