ENS 3050B - Specialist Jazz Ensemble 3 part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

Develops musicianship in the large ensemble context by focussing on the skills of reading, listening, stylistic interpretation, intonation, blend. Rehearsals and performances within the jazz ensemble tradition. Following auditions, students will be allocated as appropriate.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENS 3050B
    Course Specialist Jazz Ensemble 3 part 2
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites Audition
    Restrictions Available to BMus, BMusEd & BMusSt students by permission of the Head of Undergraduate Programs
    Course Description Develops musicianship in the large ensemble context by focussing on the skills of reading, listening, stylistic interpretation, intonation, blend. Rehearsals and performances within the jazz ensemble tradition. Following auditions, students will be allocated as appropriate.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Bruce Hancock

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Develop music ensemble skills that display accuracy, fluency, advanced technical skills and a mature expressive sense along with a strong conceptual and interpretative understanding of the chosen and prescribed works
    1. Develop effective ensemble practising strategies which arise from independent, imaginative and creative approaches to problem solving including the use of contemporary technologies
    1. Develop critical understanding of own and others’ musical performances in relation to the standards required for professional endeavour.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    As appropriate for practical specialisation:

    1. Scores of repertoire prescribed by instrumental teacher (Elder Music Library houses an excellent collection of scores available for loan to students). Original music must be used for examinations (where music is permitted).
    2. Technical workbooks as required by instrumental teacher for your specific instrument specialisation.
    3. A good quality recording device to record practice and performances on a regular basis.
    4. Metronome, tuner, pencil & eraser, ear plugs - as needed
    5. Instruments, amplifiers, microphones etc, as required
    Recommended Resources
    1. CD recordings of 1st Year Tunes List
    2. New Real Book Vol. 1-3

    Regular listening to performances of works being studied. Students can listen to works through the library's Naxos subscription (see library catalogue, search using Naxos as the title and limit search to ‘electronic resources’. You will be prompted to enter your uni ID number and password to access the Naxos catalogue). There is a wealth of material available for listening (but not downloading). The link to the Naxos catalogue is as follows: http://proxy.library.adelaide.edu.au/login?url=http://uoa.naxosmusiclibrary.com/

    Online Learning

    This Course Profile will be placed on MyUni – see “My Performance Jazz”, Course Information section.

    In the Communication section, these practical areas are organised as Groups and can be accessed by students.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Following auditions, students will be allocated to relevant ensembles as appropriate.

    Rehearsals and performances within the jazz ensemble tradition will explore musical aspects as applicable, such as: repertoire - analysis of tune structure; playing in different tempi & keys; arrangements; leader roles; ensemble communication; solo and accompaniment roles; group awareness, active listening and response; levels of density; balance; group phrasing; matching time and feel; changing feel; playing in different styles; colla voce; solo structure; solo intensification; soloing within constraints; playing in different combinations; trading 4's & 8's; stop choruses and solo breaks; playing in context, maintaining mood; recovering from mistakes; group dynamics (personal); tuning; individual sound; relaxation; playing with confidence; energy; dynamics; articulation and colour.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    • 3 (1+2) contact hours per week for scheduled rehearsals
    • 1 to 2 hours per week for unscheduled rehearsals, Forum Prep, sectionals, etc
    Learning Activities Summary
    Students will continue developing Jazz Ensemble skills on their chosen instrument. In particular they will develop further skills in ensemble performance of Standards, Bebop, Modal, Ballad and Contemporary jazz repertoire.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students may need to regularly book practice facilities in order to meet the requirements of this course.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    ASSESSMENT (Summative)

    Learning Objective/s Addressed

    Semester 1



    Assessment breakdown

    Ongoing Assessment


    1, 2, 3

    30 min examination during last teaching
    week of semester.



    Semester 2


    Assessment breakdown

    Ongoing Assessment


    1, 2, 3

    30 min examination during last teaching
    week of semester.



    Assessment Related Requirements

    In this course, penalties apply for any absences which are not formally approved, as outlined in the Conservatorium’s Student Participation and Attendance Leave Guidelines (see following). Leave Application forms are available from the Music Office and can be downloaded from the Music website – see http://music.adelaide.edu.au/current/handbook/Student_Leave_Form_11-11.pdf


    Penalties apply for any unapproved absences as follows:


    • Absence - 10 (ten) marks for each unapproved absence

    Unapproved absences from ANY scheduled Small Ensemble rehearsal will result in a 10 (ten) mark penalty for each unapproved absence. Any penalties will be applied to the final total course mark for the year - ie. after all other assessments have been completed and calculated.

    Arrival after the scheduled starting time or departure before the scheduled finishing time may, at the discretion of the relevant lecturer or Head of Studies, be regarded as an unapproved absence.

    This penalty may be waived if the lecturer or Head of Studies is convinced that extenuating circumstances were the cause of the absence or lateness. In such cases it is the student’s responsibility to show that extenuating circumstances are applicable.

    Assessment Detail

    Ongoing Assessment: Marks will be awarded by the appointed Ensemble lecturer on the basis of students’ preparation, leadership, accompaniment and musicianship during the regular rehearsals each week.

    End of Semester Examination: An examination (30 minutes) will be conducted at the end of each semester for the ensemble, comprising both ensemble selected tunes and examiner selected tunes from the current Tunes List. Sheet music or charts are NOT to be used for these examinations.


    Students must be available during the identified University examination periods. Students are not entitled to sit an examination at another time, nor are they entitled to any other concessions if an examination conflicts with a planned vacation or special event.

    Students can collect copies of Examiners’ reports and teachers’ reports from the Music Office once the Examination Board Meeting has occurred at the end of each semester.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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