MUSJAZZ 2200A - Jazz Arranging 2 part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

Advanced techniques of textural and harmonic procedures in jazz arranging for small and medium jazz ensembles. Study of the rhythm section, horn section, sketch score, score layout. Score reading and study of styles of contemporary arrangers & composers. Score and parts creation using computer software.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSJAZZ 2200A
    Course Jazz Arranging 2 part 1
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Incompatible JAZZ 2007A
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Music students only
    Course Description Advanced techniques of textural and harmonic procedures in jazz arranging for small and medium jazz ensembles. Study of the rhythm section, horn section, sketch score, score layout. Score reading and study of styles of contemporary arrangers & composers. Score and parts creation using computer software.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr John Aue

    Course coordinator - John Aué
    Tel: 8313 5138
    Office: Schulz 1113
    Contact email:

    Music office location: Schulz Building, level 2, telephone - 8313 5995
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Develop knowledge and understanding of the concepts and the processes involved in creating arrangements for small to medium-sized ensembles.
    2. Develop a thorough understanding of orchestration for small to medium-sized ensembles
    3. Create original jazz compositions and arrangements for small to medium-sized ensembles
    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
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 3
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    ‘Jazz Arranging Techniques’ by Gary Lindsay (

    Recommended Resources
    ‘Modern Jazz Voicings’ by Ted Pease and Ken Pullig (Berklee Press)
    ‘Jazz Arranging & Composing - A Linear Approach’ by Bill Dobbins (Advance Music)
    Recordings of small to medium-sized ensembles led by arrangers such as: Gerry Mulligan, Marty Paitch, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Bill Holman, Bob Brookmeyer, Oliver Nelson and others.

    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:

    Online Learning
    Assignments and other relevant Course information will be placed on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Essential arranging topics are presented and explained within weekly lectures of 1 hour duration. Application and further discussion of these topics occurs in weekly tutorial sessions, where assignments and exercises are also performed.


    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, it is anticipated that students will need to spend about
    2 hours per week in reviewing lecture notes, apply them to assignments, compositions and arrangements as required. Contact hours: 1 hour Lecture + 1 hour Tutorial.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture Topics:

    Analysis of an arrangement by means of a timeline, study of recordings and scores of contemporary arrangers and composers
    Chord charts, Calligraphy, Writing swing rhythms
    Score and Parts Layout
    Rhythm section arrangements
    Unisons and Octaves: blending Brass with Woodwinds
    Jazz Articulations
    Blending Brass and Reeds
    Melodic Embellishment
    Arrange a tune for five horns (blending in unisons and octaves) plus rhythm section
    Two and Three-part horn voicing
    Please note: A working knowledge of Sibelius or Finale notation software is required by the end of Semester 1.
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no additional requirements

  • Assessment

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    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
    Ongoing Assessment:
    Four minor assignments
    Major assignment
    A ‘Unison Project’ for five horns plus rhythm section due in Week 9, Semester 1
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    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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