MUSJAZZ 3200A - Jazz Arranging 3 Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

The course will cover advanced techniques of textural and harmonic procedures in arranging for medium to large jazz ensembles including the combination of brass and saxophone sections and rhythm section, score analysis and study of styles of contemporary arrangers & composers. Five-part soli style writing for saxophones and voicings of the trombone and trumpet sections will be studied. To assist hands-on practical learning, tutorials will often be conducted in the keyboard laboratory. The first semester will have three or four small assignments and one major assignment. Small assignments will be played and discussed during tutorials with a view to develop accuracy of musical communication, language and style.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSJAZZ 3200A
    Course Jazz Arranging 3 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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites MUSJAZZ 2500A/B
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Music students only
    Course Description The course will cover advanced techniques of textural and harmonic procedures in arranging for medium to large jazz ensembles including the combination of brass and saxophone sections and rhythm section, score analysis and study of styles of contemporary arrangers & composers. Five-part soli style writing for saxophones and voicings of the trombone and trumpet sections will be studied. To assist hands-on practical learning, tutorials will often be conducted in the keyboard laboratory. The first semester will have three or four small assignments and one major assignment. Small assignments will be played and discussed during tutorials with a view to develop accuracy of musical communication, language and style.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr John Aue

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Develop advanced knowledge and skills in creative jazz composition and arranging techniques

    2. Create original jazz compositions and arrangements (various combinations up to Big Band)

    3. Further develop music notation software skills

    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)
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Jazz Arranging Techniques’ by Gary Lindsay (www.lindsayjazz.com)
    Recommended Resources
    3 Sam Nestico The Complete Arranger
    4 Don Sebesky The Contemporary Arranger
    5 Rayburn Wright Inside the Score
    6 Bill Dobbins Jazz arranging and Composing
    7 Ted Pease and Ken Pulling Modern Jazz Voicings
    8 Dick Lowell and Ken Pullig Arranging for Large Jazz Ensemble
    9 ‘Modern Jazz Voicings’ by Ted Pease and Ken Pullig (Berklee Press)
    10 Recordings of Count Basie, Thad Jones, Bob Brookmyer, Bill Holman, Gordon Goodwin, Gerry Mulligan Bert Joris and other big band arrangers and composers.


    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 together with assignments and other relevant Course information.
  • 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
    Workload

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

    A minimum of 4 hours per week (not including contact time) may be expected
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture Content in Semester 1:

    Lectures will be given to outline the following material:

    Three, four and five-part Fourths Voicings
    Mixed Voicing Techniques
    Melodic and Rhythmic Embellishment
    Spread Voicings
    Cluster Voicings
    Melodic Subdivision
    Re-harmonisation Techniques
    Scoring Techniques for Trumpets
    Scoring Techniques for Trombones
    Structure and Elements of an arrangement and analysis of arrangements
    Five Way Sax Soli Voicing
  • 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
    Four small assignments Small assignments of mostly eight bars in length will be performed during tutorials and are set between Weeks 1 and 9. 35% 2, 3
    One major assignment: Students to create twelve bars of a sax soli for five saxophones and rhythm section. 15% 1, 2, 3

    Rationale for assessment: Ongoing assignments within jazz arranging apply the fundamentals delivered within the lecture, requiring students to apply the techniques discussed. They are marked and returned to students, providing critical feedback (Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3). The major assignment assesses knowledge and application of arranging topics taught and discussed (Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3).
    Assessment Related Requirements
    100% attendance is expected at lectures and tutorials. 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.ssss

    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
     
    Student Participation and Attendance Leave Guidelines

    LEAVE
    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:

    1 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.
    2 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.
    3 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:
    o be directly related to Coursework within your Conservatorium program or
    o involve Coursework or study at a major tertiary national or international music institution or
    o 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

    Leave applications must be completed, documentation attached (if required), signatures obtained, then submitted following the steps below.
    Step 1: NOTIFYING STAFF Notify the relevant staff member(s) and Head of Studies, of your absence as soon as possible.
    Step 2: VERIFYING ABSENCE Check with the 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.)
    Step 3: COMPLETING FORM Complete the form then sign and date it.
    Step 4: OBTAINING APPROVAL Obtain the necessary signatures for formal notification and if necessary, approval from the 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.
    Step 6: ATTACHING & SUBMITTING FORM Attach any certification you have been asked to provide then submit the form to the relevant staff member or Head of Studies.
    PENALTIES
    Penalties apply for any unapproved absences as follows:

    Absence - 5 (five) marks for each unapproved absence
    Any unapproved absences from any class will result in a 5 (five) mark penalty for each unapproved absence. Any penalties will be applied to the final total mark for the course – i.e. 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 lecturer 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

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    Submission
    Assignments are always due at the following week’s tutorial unless otherwise directed by the lecturer.

    Late assignment policy:

    Assignments handed in after the due date will accrue a penalty of 5 marks per day. However,
    extensions may be granted for medical or compassionate reasons or by arrangement with the lecturer in charge or the course coordinator prior to the due date. Extensions without penalty are not granted under any other circumstances. In the case of illness this will require a medical certificate, and in the case of personal (non-medical) circumstances a letter of support from a University Student Counsellor. For further information, please refer to the following website: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/counselling_centre/

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    Plagiarism is the using of another person’s ideas, designs, words or works without appropriate acknowledgement.

    Collusion occurs when another person assists in the production of an assignment without the express requirement, knowledge or consent of the assessor.

    Consequences of plagiarism and collusion The penalties associated with plagiarism and collusion reflect the seriousness of the University of Adelaide’s commitment to academic integrity. Penalties may include the student being required to revise and resubmit the work in question, receiving a zero result for the work, failing the course, or expulsion from the course.
    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.

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