Jazz Music Skills 4 (JAZZ2624)


Harmony and Arranging Module: Students learn big band orchestration including ensemble scoring, sax soli, background writing, form and the related uses of counterpoint. There will be detailed analysis of scores of major composers and arrangers. Selected arrangements may be rehearsed by a Big Band. Students may study contemporary techniques encompassing elements of polytonality, serial composition, extended instrumental effects Lydian technique and textural voicings. This subject also deals with the harmonic concepts used in Jazz Improvisation.
Aural Module: Consolidates all concepts from Jazz Music Skills 1, 2 and 3. By its conclusion, students will have systematically examined, over four semesters, aural concepts that are essential to creative musical interplay in jazz performance. N.B Both the Harmony and Aural Modules must be passed in order for the student to complete.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


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"

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules




JAZZ2604 or JAZZ2634

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.