ATS3899 - Jazz arranging: Contemporary arranging techniques for small groups to large ensembles - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Mr Johannes Luebbers

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit introduces students to jazz arranging styles and methodologies for small and large ensembles. Through listening tasks and score analysis, the unit explores various arranging concepts including form, instrumental range, register, blend, voicing techniques, rhythm-section writing as well as score preparation using notation software. Students then apply newly learned skills to the formulation and development of musical works, gaining practical feedback and experience via in-class performance workshops.


On completion of this unit, the students are able to:

  1. Demonstrate fundamental understanding of jazz arranging styles and methodologies as informed by historical and contemporary practices;
  2. Critically evaluate, analyse and discuss jazz compositions and arrangements from written score and audio media;
  3. Apply arranging concepts to the formulation and development of 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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This unit is only available to students enrolled in a Bachelor of Music single or double degree.