MUSJAZZ 3500A - Jazz Theory 3 Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Contains an extensive study of chordal harmony, scales/modes and their relationships within advanced jazz compositions and improvisations. Tuning systems are investigated and the advantages of Equal Temperament over other systems discussed. Advanced Harmonic Substitution principles and applications including reharmonisation and Chordally Based Chromaticism are discussed. Inner Voices, Line Progressions and Poly Chords are examined and examples provided. The `Standard' in jazz repertoire will be defined - students will research a large number of `Standard' tunes and categorise them into harmonic progression tendency groupings within their investigative study. Examples and practice of Aural recognition of harmonic progression will also be provided.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSJAZZ 3500A
    Course Jazz Theory 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 Contains an extensive study of chordal harmony, scales/modes and their relationships within advanced jazz compositions and improvisations. Tuning systems are investigated and the advantages of Equal Temperament over other systems discussed. Advanced Harmonic Substitution principles and applications including reharmonisation and Chordally Based Chromaticism are discussed. Inner Voices, Line Progressions and Poly Chords are examined and examples provided. The `Standard' in jazz repertoire will be defined - students will research a large number of `Standard' tunes and categorise them into harmonic progression tendency groupings within their investigative study. Examples and practice of Aural recognition of harmonic progression will also be provided.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Bruce Hancock

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

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    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Essential jazz theory topics are presented/explained within weekly jazz theory lectures of 1 hour duration. Application and further discussion of these topics occurs in weekly tutorial sessions, where assignments and exercises are also presented.
    Workload

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

    Lecture 1hr x 12weeks = 12 hours per semester
    Tutorial 1hr x 12 weeks = 12 hours per semester
    Independent study 6hrs x 12 weeks = 84 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    12 x 1hr. Lectures and 12 x 1hr. tutorials over the Semester – students are expected to be punctual and prepared for each session.

    Students are expected to attend 100% of the Lectures and Tutorials
  • Assessment

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    Assessment Summary
    3 ASSESSMENT (Summative) Learning Outcomes Addressed
    Standards Project

    Due date: 1st week in June
    A detailed cover sheet for this assignment will be provided in week 4. You will conduct an extensive study of jazz standard repertoire, categorising a minimum of 200 tunes according to their harmonic tendencies. You will also write an essay of 1500 – 2000 words, discussing these harmonic tendencies and your findings from the study. 15% 1, 2, 4
    Ongoing Assessment: Short assignments to be handed out & discussed during lectures/tutorials 15% 1, 2, 3
    Examination The examination will consist of questions relating to the content discussed during the lecture series and its application, including aspects of the Standards Study. Date and venue to be advised. 70% 1, 2, 3
    Rationale for assessment: Ongoing assignments within jazz theory apply the fundamentals delivered within the seminar, requiring students to research topics and exercise the techniques discussed. They are marked and returned to students, providing critical feedback (Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3,& 4). The theory examination comprises a formal written paper and assesses knowledge and application of theory topics taught and discussed (Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3 & 5).
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at Lectures and Tutorials is compulsory. Applications for Leave of Absence can be made in accordance with School policy.
    Assessment Detail

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    Submission
    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:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

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