Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSir Zelman Cowen School of Music
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Jordan Murray


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;


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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