MUSJAZZ 2100A - Small Jazz Ensemble 2 part 1
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code MUSJAZZ 2100A Course Small Jazz Ensemble 2 part 1 Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites MUSJAZZ 1100A/B Corequisites MUSJAZZ 2001, MUSJAZZ 2002 Quota 50 Course Description Small Jazz Ensemble 2: studies the roles of band leader, soloist, sideman, rhythm section player in rehearsal, recording band and concert stage environments. Further develops skills in Jazz Improvisation, in the styles of Standards, Bop, Modal and Contemporary. 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 & colour.
Course Coordinator: Mr Bruce Hancock
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- 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
- Develop effective ensemble practising strategies which arise from independent, imaginative and creative approaches to problem solving including the use of contemporary technologies
- 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 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Small Jazz Ensemble provides the jazz performance student with supervised rehearsals (up to 1.5 hrs/week) and unsupervised rehearsals (at least 2 hrs/week) to apply materials and repertoire studied in the supporting jazz classes, particularly theory/aural, improvisation/rhythm and the 1:1 lessons.
Small Jazz Ensemble 2: studies the role of band leader, soloist, sideman, rhythm section player in rehearsal, recording band and concert stage environments.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
3 contact hours per week for scheduled rehearsals
1 to 2 hours per week for unscheduled rehersals, Forum Prep, sectionals, etc.
Learning Activities Summary
Students will continue developing Small 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.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
ASSESSMENT (Summative) Outcomes being assessed Semester 1 Assessment breakdown Ongoing Assessment 25% 1, 2, 3 30 min examination during last teaching week of semester. 25% 1 Semester 2 Assessment breakdown Ongoing Assessment 25% 1, 2, 3 30 min examination during last teaching week of semester. 25% 1
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/study/current/leave.pdf.
(Refer to Sect 5.1 for breakdown of marks)
Ongoing Assessment: Marks will be awarded by the appointed Small 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.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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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