MUSJAZZ 1071 - Jazz Performance Advanced 1B

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

This course is available BY PERMISSION ONLY. Entry will be determined on the basis of the pre-entry audition score and instrument sub-quotas. Students receive individual tuition for their instrument/voice (14 hours per semester). 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, exhibit a strong conceptual understanding of the compositions performed, together with an enhanced ability to communicate with their audience.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSJAZZ 1071
    Course Jazz Performance Advanced 1B
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MUSJAZZ 1070
    Incompatible MUSJAZZ 1001, MUSJAZZ 1090B
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Music students only. BY PERMISSION ONLY
    Assessment 25 minute technical/performance examination 60% (exam must be passed in order to pass the course); Teacher assessment 10%; Professional Portfolio 10%; Master class 20%
    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
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 3, 5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3, 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    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
    Regular 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.

    Music 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: Brass, Keyboard, Percussion, Strings, 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.

    The Masterclass is managed by the relevant lecturer and focuses on relevant technical and musical issues pertaining to the family of instruments.

    The Jazz Forum provides at least one performance opportunity per semester. Students are also expected to make critical comments about performances of peers at the Forum and to maintain a written journal.

    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 - 14 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

    · 14 hours over the semester; students are expected to be punctual and prepared for each lesson.

    · Students are expected to maintain 100% attendance at one to one lessons. See below for penalties.

    Independent Practice

    · Students prepare and practise all repertoire, technical exercises and other material assigned by their instrumental teacher for at least three hours per day.

    · Journal – Some instrumental areas expect students to complete journal entries on a weekly basis, and submit journals to the relevant teacher at the end of each semester.

    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 allocated 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.

    Students may need to regularly book practice facilities in order to meet the requirements of this course.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The schedule of 1:1 individual lessons enables technical and musical issues to be explored, and short-term and long-term goals to be designed in order to target individual needs.
  • 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 TASK                                                TASK TYPE                     WEIGHTING                       COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)

    25 minute technical/performance examination          Summative                     70%                                  1, 2, 3

    Teacher assessment                                                Summative                      20%                                 2, 4

    Masterclass                                                             Formative and Summative 10%                               1, 2, 3, 5

    Professional Portfolio                                                Summative                       non-weighted                  5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are expected to maintain 100% attendance at one to one lessons.

    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).

    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 classesAny 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 the end of 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’)

    Professonal Portfolio - is a required submission, however, it is non-weighted
     Professional portfolio to be submitted to Head of Performance at the beginning of Week 10. Performance examinations will be scheduled by the Conservatorium Office and will take place during the Examination period.

    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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