MUSJAZZ 2400B - Jazz Improvisation 2 part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

Improvisation: development of phrasing and rhythm; forward motion, chromaticism, digital patterns, guide tones, use of altered scales; relaxation/playing at speed; accompanying, polyrhythms, reharmonisation, application of modes, pentatonic scales, melodic development techniques, polychords in contemporary improvisation; playing an introduction; playing a cadenza; unaccompanied playing ; chord substitution systems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSJAZZ 2400B
    Course Jazz Improvisation 2 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 MUSJAZZ 2400A
    Incompatible JAZZ 2600A/B
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Music students only
    Course Description Improvisation: development of phrasing and rhythm; forward motion, chromaticism, digital patterns, guide tones, use of altered scales; relaxation/playing at speed; accompanying, polyrhythms, reharmonisation, application of modes, pentatonic scales, melodic development techniques, polychords in contemporary improvisation; playing an introduction; playing a cadenza; unaccompanied playing ; chord substitution systems.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Dusty Cox

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1.    Develop practical skills on instrument/voice to execute jazz language in various required tunes lis as an extension from skills acquired in level I.

    2.    Develop awareness and general knowledge of solo construction.

    3.    Develop a practical application of tendencies and patterns in the jazz repertoire through investigative study of advanced melodic and harmonic concepts.

    4.    Develop skills in creative jazz soloing and group interplay.

    5.    Develop skills in specific styles including bebop, swing, ballads, contemporary and modal tunes.

    6.    Develop critical problem solving through study of transcribed solos and critical listening through audio and video files.

    7.    Develop awareness and practical skills in African-American rhythms and awareness of rhythm section accompaniment.
    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, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lecture and tutorial for Improvisation and workshop for the Rhythm component.

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

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

    In addition to the required contact hours, students are expected to study the materials presented and apply them to assignments, tunes list tunes and their playing in general.

    It is anticipated that students will need to spend 3-4 hours per week in reviewing lecture notes, preparing for tutorials, listening to repertoire, preparing assignments and undertaking suggested readings.

    Contact hours: Jazz Improvisation II:- 1 hour Lecture + 1 hour Tutorial + 1 hour rhythm class
    Learning Activities Summary
    Jazz Improvisation 2:

    Lecture Content:
    Lectures will be given to outline the following material:

    Soloing in various styles including swing, bebop, Latin, ballad, contemporary and modal styles at various tempi; harmonic and melodic awareness; knowledge of II V I’s; thematic development; solo line writing; developing listening skills; group interplay; inner hearing; internalizing standard jazz language; cadences; resolutions; tension & release; group awareness; solo structure; solo intensification; recovering from mistakes; constructing synchronized lines; cadenzas; playing ‘outside’ the changes; delivering a ballad melody and solo; modal soloing
    Specific Course Requirements
    Refer to the Rhythm Class component outline.
  • 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 Addressed
    Sem 1
    Written Exam: There is a written exam and will include (among other others) melodic and harmonic analysis, and will also include an aural component. 30% 2, 5, 6
    Practical Exam: There is a practical exam will include techniques used over tunes list tunes covered in class as well as extended solo choruses. 30% 1, 2, 4
    Ongoing Assessment Five equally weighted assignments will be included the semester, three are practical, one is aural and one is written. NO late written assignments are accepted without the usual Conservatorium exceptions. 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Rhythm Class: A Rhythm Class component is included for 2nd year Jazz Improvisation with Peter Dowdall covering various techniques as outlined by the Lecturer. 20% 7
    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

    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).
    Assessment Detail
    Five equally weighted assignments which may include playing over tunes list tunes and/or specific exercises related to the tunes. A practical exam at the end of the semester may include the same and related tasks and tunes. A written exam at the end of the semester may include melodic and harmonic analysis of musical examples as well as demonstrating constructing jazz lines in modal style and an aural component within the exam will also be included.
    Late assignment policy:
    Extensions are only granted when supporting documentation can be provided and then, and only then, by arrangement with the course lecturer prior to the due date and time. Extensions will not be granted under any other circumstance. Assessed work that is submitted late (after the due date and time) will not be examined for assessment or feedback.
    In the case of illness this will require a medical certificate, and in the case of personal (non-medical) circumstances you will need a letter of support from a University Student Counsellor. For further information please refer to the following website: 

    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.
    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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