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 Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Jordan Murray


This unit follows from Jazz Composition/Arranging 1 - ATS3899 and further explores jazz compositional and arranging methodologies. The composition component will include discussion of advanced compositional elements characteristic of contemporary styles. Through listening tasks and score analysis, arranging concepts relevant to large and non-traditional ensembles 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. There will be greater emphasis on students developing their own original approaches to composition and arranging.


On successful completion of this unit, the students:

  1. Will have a good understanding of contemporary jazz compositional elements and arranging styles for large and non-traditional ensembles;
  2. Will have the ability to critically evaluate, analyse and discuss contemporary jazz compositions and arrangements for a variety of ensembles 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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