In this unit of study students will further develop increasingly advanced skills and understanding in jazz improvisation, and a further increased level of instrumental skill to facilitate its performance. Students will become acquainted with more complex 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 an ability to solo over a diverse set of repertoire tunes, including the ability to perform guide tone lines where appropriate, and demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the prescribed third year repertoire list as covered in improvisation classes and principal study lessons, as well as retaining by memory the core songs from the first and second year lists, demonstrate an increased level of understanding fundamental and more advanced performance issues and demonstrate an ability to transcribe and perform a more advanced solo from memory.
13 one to one lessons/semester, Jazz Performance Workshop or unit specific classes, 2 hour Improvisation class and sectional tutorial/week.
Individual tuition/technical requirements (50%), Improvisation class component (50%). Students must pass both assessed components.
This unit is only available to Bachelor of Music (Performance) jazz students.