Jazz Harmony and Arranging 1 (JAZZ1019)


Students review clefs, key signatures, note values, dynamics, articulation, and learn copying and rehearsal techniques. In addition, instruction will include the ranges of and transpositions for the various instruments, chord symbols, scale-chord relationships, and rhythm section scoring. This unit deals with the study of the harmony of standard jazz repertoire. Students will learn to understand and use basic harmonic rules and the typical harmonic devices, diatonic progression and chord patterns with a view to generating a creative sense of jazz harmony and the ability to write small combo arrangements. Legibility in copying is an assessable aspect. The harmonic techniques explored in this unit are used as the theoretical basis for Jazz Improvisation

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2hr tut/wk


Written harmony test (30%), approved number of arrangements (70%)


Lindsay, Gary (2005) "Jazz Arranging Techniques from Quartet to Big Band"

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