ATS3900 - Jazz composition: From Tin Pan Alley to today - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Mr Jordan Murray

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit explores historical and contemporary jazz compositional methodologies. By undertaking listening tasks and score analysis of works by seminal jazz artists, students examine composition concepts pertaining to a variety of ensembles. Following, students apply learned concepts to the composition of musical works, developing original approaches to jazz composition and arranging. In-class performance workshops provide students with practical experience and feedback.


On completion of this unit, students are able to:

  1. Understand historical and contemporary jazz compositional elements and arranging styles for large and non-traditional ensembles;
  2. Critically evaluate, analyse and discuss contemporary jazz compositions and arrangements for a variety of ensembles from written score and audio media;
  3. Apply learned arranging and compositional 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.