MUSJAZZ 2002 - Jazz Performance 2B

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

Through the study of appropriate technical and jazz repertoire, students develop further advanced technical skills together with a high level of understanding in jazz style/interpretative principles. They are expected to perform their chosen repertoire with accuracy and fluency, displaying rhythmic control together with a very well developed creative and expressive sense. They need to demonstrate jazz improvisation in appropriate styles and a strong conceptual understanding of the compositions performed together with an ability to communicate with their audience. Students must enrol in the relevant jazz masterclass for their instrument.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSJAZZ 2002
    Course Jazz Performance 2B
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 3 hours plus 9 hours tuition per Semester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MUSJAZZ 2001
    Restrictions Available to BMus students only
    Quota A quota of 100 applies
    Course Description Through the study of appropriate technical and jazz repertoire, students develop further advanced technical skills together with a high level of understanding in jazz style/interpretative principles. They are expected to perform their chosen repertoire with accuracy and fluency, displaying rhythmic control together with a very well developed creative and expressive sense. They need to demonstrate jazz improvisation in appropriate styles and a strong conceptual understanding of the compositions performed together with an ability to communicate with their audience.
    Students must enrol in the relevant jazz masterclass for their instrument.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr James Muller

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1.Exhibit technical and musical skills that, through accuracy, fluency and stylistic awareness, illustrate a strong and maturing conceptual and interpretative understanding of the student’s instrument and chosen repertoire.

    2.Exhibit effective practising strategies which arise from independent, imaginative and creative approaches to problem solving including the use of contemporary technologies.

    3.Manifest critical understanding of the performance standards required for professional endeavour and an ability to assess one’s own performances and those of fellow musicians.

    4.Exhibit skills in performance etiquette, communication and interaction with an audience.5.Exhibit curiosity, self-awareness and problem-solving skills that will enable continuous learning and growth.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 3, 5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2, 3, 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    4, 5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    3, 5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    1, 3, 5
  • 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 copies of the music must be used for examinations.

    2. Technical workbooks as required by instrumental teacher for your specific instrument specialisation.

    3. Engagement of the services of a professional accompanist for lessons (where required), performance examinations and other performances.

    4. A good quality recording device to record practice and performances on a regular basis.

    5. Metronome, tuner, pencil & eraser, ear plugs - as needed
    Recommended Resources
    No additional resourcesRegular listening to a variety of performances is recommended. 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 In the Music Resources Guide: - you will find links to both Naxos and Naxos Jazz under “Quick Links” on the left side of the page.

    The Music Resources Guide contains quick links to key music databases for scholarly research and online listening. It also contains links to websites of publicly available online scores, collected editions, and professional associations. Here too you can find a regularly updated list of new books, scores, CDs and DVDs available in the Elder Music Library. Online: Access to online music from library’s other Music Database

    Music Online – incorporating Classical Music Library, Jazz Music Library, American Song, Contemporary World Music and Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries) is now integrated in Library Search – just type the work you require into the general Library Search box and narrow down appropriately.
    Online Learning
    In the Course Materials section, there are folders set up for each of the various practical areas namely: Trombone, Trumpet, Piano, Drums, Voice, Guitar, Bass and Woodwind.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Individual tuition lies at the core of developing advanced performing skills. The instrumental/vocal teacher monitors each student’s progress, diagnoses technical problems and suggests strategies for independent practice.

    Masterclass and performance forum enable students to further their technical and performance skills.

    Jazz Forum provides one or two performance opportunities per semester. Students are also expected to make critical comments about performances of peers at the Forum and to provide written comments.

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

    Individual 1:1 tuition - 1 hour per week - 9 hours per semester

    In addition to the required contact hours, students are expected to prepare and practise all repertoire, technical exercises and other material assigned by their instrumental teacher. These structured learning skills prepare the student for ensuring that the material set for 1:1 lessons is prepared. Students should note however, that the demands of the music profession are such that considerably more time should be spent in private instrumental practice.

    121 hours per semester

    Master Class: 10 hours per semester

    Jazz Forum: is based on attendance and participation in scheduled performances with small ensembles
    Learning Activities Summary
    Individual Tuition

    9 hours per semester, students are expected to be punctual and prepared for each lesson. The expectation is for students to develop private structured learning.

    Students are expected to maintain 100% attendance at one to one lessons. See Course Profile for penalties.

    Independent Practice

    Students prepare and practise all repertoire, technical exercises and other material assigned by their instrumental teacher

    Instrumental Masterclass

    The focus is on relevant technical issues and repertoire, professional issues and performance opportunities.

    Jazz Forum

    Attendance at weekly Forum

    Students are scheduled to perform at Forum within their Small Ensemble at least once per semester

    Active and positive participation through critical documentation & discussion of performances.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students may need to regularly book practice facilities in order to meet the requirements of this course.

    Students are expected to engage with a rhythm section of their choice for their Performance exams.
  • 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 Outcomes Adressed
    Assessment breakdown            
    20 minute practical examination with technical focus                                                   70%             1, 2
    Jazz Masterclass                                                                                                       20%             1, 2, 3
    Teacher’s Assessment                                                                                               10%             1, 2, 3

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation, modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
    The familiar structure of Performance Exams will be retained for the online version with a few modifications due to ensemble playing not being possible in the current climate. Technical pieces, Solo pieces and/or Transcriptions will all be performed as they have been previously with no changes to presentation.

    The differences are in the following components:
    Performance Piece - Students will choose a piece of suitable skill level and in appropriate jazz style that best shows off their abilities. As no ensembles are permitted in exams, the piece must be performed as a solo piece OR the student may perform with a backing track. (It is suggested that drummers do not use backing tracks due to overloading of the online software.)

    Call Tunes (For all instrumentalists EXCEPT DRUMMERS) - As previously done, the students will detail the list of 8 tunes-list tunes that they have studied during the semester. Examiners will pick a tune (or tunes) at random and ask that the student be able to demonstrate a) the melody of the chosen piece b) the root movement of chord progression to the chosen piece. These must be played in time along with a metronome (provided by the student). Students may also be asked to verbally recite the chord changes to a given tune. Because there is no backing available, students are not required to improvise over the call tunes.

    Call Tunes (DRUMMERS only) - As previously done, drummers will detail the list of 8 tunes-list tunes that they have studied during the semester. Examiners will pick a tune (or tunes) at random and ask that the student be able to demonstrate a) the melody of the given tune(s) phrased on the drum set b) an improvised solo over the form of the given tune with form sections clearly delineated.

    Time and Tempo (DRUMMERS only) - Drummers must perform 3 different exercises of 1-2 minutes each in length using tempo, feel, metronome frequency and time signature as the variables. These variables will be chosen and combined at the examiners discretion. Your drum teacher will explain this process in greater detail.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The Semester practical examination must be passed in order the pass the course as a whole.

    Student Participation and Attendance Leave Guidelines


    All students enrolled in courses taught by the Elder Conservatorium of Music are expected to actively and positively participate in 100% of required rehearsals, workshops, classes, lectures, tutorials and performances. In courses where Participation & Attendance penalties apply (as defined in the Course Outline), any student who misses more than 40% of required classes will be ineligible for assessment in that course, irrespective of the amount of leave that has been formally approved.


    The Conservatorium recognises that extenuating circumstances may occasionally affect a student’s ability to participate in a rehearsal, workshop, class, lecture, tutorial or performance. In such cases Leave may, upon application using this Leave form, be approved by the relevant staff member (this could be the Head of Studies, teacher, conductor, lecturer or course coordinator as appropriate).

    The following types of Leave are applicable:

    Sick Leave

    In cases of sickness, the Leave form must be submitted within 7 days of your return to classes.

    Students must make every effort to notify the relevant staff member of an impending absence for reasons of sickness. Where a rehearsal or performance is involved, Leave will only be approved if the relevant staff member is notified before the event.

    'Normally, an original medical certificate must be supplied with the Leave form to verify the circumstances. The relevant staff member or Head of Studies in cases of absences involving multiple activities or days may waive the requirement to produce a medical certificate if they have clear evidence of illness and believe that a medical certificate is unnecessary or impossible to obtain.. The Leave form will need to be initialled as part of the notification or approval process in this case.

    Compassionate Leave

    Compassionate Leave may be granted at the discretion of the relevant staff member where extenuating circumstances have prevented a student participating in a rehearsal, workshop, class, lecture, tutorial or performance. Usually this means circumstances which were unforeseen and legitimately beyond anyone’s control, however this will not always be the case.

    Where the circumstance is known in advance, approval for the Leave must also be obtained prior to the event.

    In cases such as bereavement or where care of a close family member is required, notification as soon as possible is expected and the form must be submitted within 7 days of your return to classes.

    Verification of the circumstances will usually be required.

    Professional Development Leave

    Professional Development (PD) Leave may be granted in cases where the student has made a case to the relevant Head of Studies for an activity which they believe will be of considerable professional and educational benefit. This activity should: ■be directly related to Coursework within your Conservatorium program or involve Coursework or study at a major tertiary national or international music institution or involve Performance, Workshops or other relationships and activities with a high profile, national or international artist(s)When determining PD leave, the duration of the project also affects approval, particularly for absences greater than one week.

    PD leave will not be granted if the proposed activity conflicts with any commitments a student has to a Conservatorium performance where their attendance at rehearsals and the performance itself are a required part of their studies.

    PD Leave is only granted in advance of the activity (normally at least 7 days prior). It will NOT be granted retrospectively.

    Final arrangements for any professional development commitments must wait until formal approval has been granted by the Head of Studies and then all signatures of relevant staff members are obtained. Approval is not necessarily guaranteed.

    Verification will be required as part of the approval process and must be supplied with this form.


    Leave applications must be completed, documentation attached (if required), signatures obtained, then submitted following the steps below.


    Notify the relevant staff member(s) and where appropriate, Head of Studies, of your absence as soon as possible.


    Check with the relevant staff member or Head of Studies to see whether verification or proof will be required. (Please note that this is usually essential however it will not always be necessary)


    Complete the form then sign and date it.


    Obtain the necessary signatures for formal notification and if necessary, approval from the relevant staff member(s) or Head of Studies concerned. Please note individual instructions listed in various leave types above, particularly for Professional Development Leave where prior approval is needed.

    Step 5: COPYING FORM

    Copy the form for your records.


    Attach any certification you have been asked to provide then submit the form to the relevant staff member or Head of Studies.


    Penalties apply for any unapproved absences as follows:


    absence - 5 (five) marks for each unapproved absence for lessons and classes.

    Any unapproved absences from an individual instrumental/vocal lessons will result in a 5 (five) mark penalty for each unapproved absence.

    Any penalties will be applied to the final total performance 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 teacher or Head of Studies, be regarded as an unapproved absence.

    Failure to notify the relevant instrumental teacher at least 24 hours in advance of an impending absence or late arrival will also be regarded as an unapproved absence. This penalty may be waived if the teacher 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
    Practical Exams:

    Students should refer to their specialist Guidelines for detailed technical and repertoire information.

    For each Semester examination, in conjunction with the Instrumental Teacher, a performance program of the specified time (as listed in 5.1) is to be prepared, typically comprising Technical Studies (eg Etude), Solo Jazz Study/Tune or Transcription, Jazz Performance Piece (accompanied). In addition, candidates will be required to perform, without written music, one or two Jazz Tunes from the relevant Tunes List, as requested by the examiners.

    Teacher assessment: based on progress demonstrated in individual instrumental lessons

    Masterclass Assessment:- based on ongoing assignments, both written and practical, as set by the particular instrumental area (see ‘Masterclass Outlines’)
    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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