Jazz Music Skills 2 (JAZZ1622)


Harmony and Arranging Module: In semester two, the voicing techniques for two to four horns stressing the most effective registers, harmonisation of passing tones, clusters and other techniques will be introduced. The harmonic techniques explored in this unit are used as the theoretical basis for Jazz improvisation. Students may be organised into ensemble-like groups and may be expected to bring their instruments to perform the works presented.
Aural Module: Consolidates and expands upon concepts and skills introduced in Jazz Music Skills 1, and introduces compound intervals, open voicings, the addition of upper extensions to all chord types, and increasingly complex harmonic structures. N.B Both the Harmony and Aural Modules must be passed in order for the student to proceed to Jazz Music Skills 3.

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2 x 2 hr tuts/week


Harmony and Arranging Module: Written harmony/arranging test (30%), approved number of assignments and arrangements (70%) Aural Module: Two tests (2x20%), one 2 hour exam (60%)


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

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JAZZ1632 or JAZZ1602

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