Jazz Performance 1 (JAZZ1601)


In this unit of study students will begin to develop skills and understanding in jazz improvisation, and an appropriate level of instrumental skill to facilitate its performance. Students will become acquainted with suitable and essential jazz repertoire, the study of which will be informed by acquiring a detailed knowledge of chord/scale relationships and of how the harmonic structures that are commonplace in jazz repertoire function. At the conclusion of this unit of study students will be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of major, melodic minor, diminished, diminished blues, and whole-tone scales and their associated applications, demonstrate a broad understanding of repertoire covered in improvisation classes and principal study lessons and demonstrate appropriate instrumental skills necessary for jazz performance.

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Further unit of study information


1 hr instrumental lesson; 1 hr sectional tutorial; Jazz Performance Workshop


Individual assessment (50%), Jury technical exam (50%). Students must pass both assessed components.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


JAZZ1611 and JAZZ1006

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.