MUSGEN 3007 - Jazz Arranging
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code MUSGEN 3007 Course Jazz Arranging 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 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites MUSJAZZ 2101, MUSJAZZ 2102 Restrictions Available to BMus students only Course Description The course will cover advanced techniques of textural and harmonic procedures in arranging for medium to large jazz ensembles. Topics will include: voicing saxes and brass in fourths, 'drop 2', 'drop 3', 'drop 2 and 4', 'clusters', 'spread voicings', melodic embellishment, re-harmonisation, melodic subdivision, the 5-part saxophone soli style, voicing 8 brass and effectively combining saxophones with brass, score analysis and study of styles of contemporary arrangers & composers. The basic principles of string writing will also be covered. Students will be required to create a big band arrangement for their major assignment, toward the end of the semester. To assist hands-on practical learning, tutorials will often be conducted in the keyboard laboratory. Small assignments will be also be played and discussed during tutorials with a view to develop accuracy of musical communication, language and style. The major assignment will be played and recorded by Big Band 1 if time permits. Alternatively, students may have their arrangements played and recorded by big bands in the community.
Course Coordinator: Mr Lyndon Gray
Course coordinator: John Aué
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course component 1:
Duration: 2 H/WEEK
Enrolment capacity: 35
Quantity: 24 hours per semester
Course component 2:
Duration: 1 HR/WEEK
Enrolment capacity: 35
Quantity: 10 hours per semester
Course Learning OutcomesThe Course Learning Outcomes of this course:
1. Students are able to arrange for various instrumental combinations up to big band.
2. Students will have an advanced working knowledge of jazz arranging techniques.
3. Students will have gained a basic understanding of the principles of string writing.
4. Students will be able to create a full-length arrangement of a jazz standard for 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones and rhythm section.
5. Students will have the skill to accurately communicate musical ideas by means of a music notation program
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)
1-5 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
1-5 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
5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-5 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
Not applicable 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
‘Jazz Arranging Techniques’ by Gary Lindsay (www.lindsayjazz.com)
Sam Nestico, The Complete Arranger
Don Sebesky, The Contemporary Arranger
Rayburn Wright, Inside the Score
Bill Dobbins, Jazz arranging and Composing
Ted Pease and Ken Pullig, Modern Jazz Voicings (Berklee Press)
Dick Lowell and Ken Pullig,ss Arranging for Large Jazz Ensemble (Berklee Press)
Recordings of Count Basie, Thad Jones, Bob Brookmyer, Bill Holman, Gordon Goodwin, Gerry Mulligan, Bert Joris, Jim McNealy and
other big band arrangers and composers.
This Course Profile will be placed on MyUni together with assignments and other relevant Course information.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesEssential arranging topics are presented and explained within two weekly lectures of 1 hour duration. Application and further discussion of these topics occurs in weekly 1 hour tutorials, 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.
2 x 1-hour lectures per week, 24 hours per semester
1 x 1-hour tutorial per week, 10 hours per semester
3 hours listening per week, 36 hours per semester
3 hours research per week, 36 hours per semester
50 hours in total for assignment preparation per semester
TOTAL: 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Voicing saxophones and brass section. Soli saxophone writing. Tutorials for these. Techniques and analysis of big band arrangements. Writing the major big band arrangement. An overview of string and vocal group arranging.
Specific Course RequirementsNil
Small Group Discovery Experience
(1) Playing of students’ assignments: some students will play the assignments while the rest listen. Students and the lecturer discuss the played assignments as to what worked and what could be improved upon.
(2) Practical exercises of harmonic voicings in the keyboard lab, will help students to gain practical, hands-on, understanding of the material presented in class. There will be interaction between students and the lecturer by way of group discussion and individual attention given to students by the lecturer.
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Assessments Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcomes An 8-bar,Â 5-part soli harmonisation assignment Formative and summative 20% 1, 2, 4, 5 An 8-bar voicing assignment for 8 brass and 5 saxophones Formative and summative 20% 1, 2, 4, 5 A big band arrangement of approximately 100 bars in length Summative 60% 1, 2, 4, 5
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Assignments handed in after the due date will accrue a penalty of 5% off the given mark 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.
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Assessment DetailFirst assignment:
Five-part sax soli harmonisation: compose an 8-bar saxophone soli over a given chord sequence – 20% weighting.
Voice a given melody for 8 brass and 5 saxophones – 20% weighting.
Arrange a standard jazz tune for big band (5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones and rhythm section). The arrangement should be between 72-100 bars in length. – 60% weighting.
Assignments are always due at the following week’s tutorial unless otherwise directed by the lecturer.
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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
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