Harmony and Arranging Module: This unit includes understanding the ranges of and transpositions for the various instruments, chord symbols, scale-chord relationships, rhythm section scoring and voicing techniques for small jazz combo arrangements - featuring Trumpet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trombone + Rhythm section. This unit deals with the study of the harmony of standard jazz repertoire. Students will learn to understand and use basic harmonic rules and standard harmonic devices, diatonic progression and chord patterns. Legibility in engraving and copying is also an assessable aspect. Aural Module: Offers a systematic study of all simple intervals up to and including one octave, triadic harmony, four note chords in closed position and voice leading within these concepts, focusing on common harmonic movements that occur in the jazz repertoire. N.B Both the Harmony and Aural Modules must be passed in order for the student to proceed to Jazz Music Skills 2.
2 x 2 hr tuts/week
Harmony and Arranging Module: Written harmony test (30%), Classwork (15%) , End of Semester large arrangement (25%), 3 x smaller arrangements at 10% each (30%). Aural Module: Two tests (2x20%), one 2 hour exam (60%).
Lindsay, Gary (2005) 'Jazz Arranging Techniques from Quartet to Big Band'; Nestico, Sammy "The Complete Arranger"
JAZZ1601 or JAZZ1631Prohibitions