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JAZZ1016: Jazz Ear Training 2

Semester 2, 2023 [Normal day] - Sydney

This unit consolidates and expands upon concepts and skills introduced in Jazz Ear Training 1, plus introducing compound intervals, open voicings, the addition of all upper extensions to all chord types, and increasingly complex harmonic structures.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Jazz
Credit points 3
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Andrew Robertson,
Lecturer(s) Matthew McMahon,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation Participation & Attendance
General participation in class and punctual attendance.
10% Ongoing
Due date: 03 Nov 2023 at 23:00
Throughout Semester
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Small test Auralia Test 1
Ear training test in Auralia software
7.5% Week 05
Due date: 29 Aug 2023 at 23:00
1 hr
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Small test Class test 1
Aural written test
25% Week 08
Due date: 19 Sep 2023 at 23:00
1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Small test Auralia Test 2
Ear training test in Auralia software
7.5% Week 11
Due date: 17 Oct 2023 at 23:00
1 hr
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Small test Class test 2
Aural written test
50% Week 13
Due date: 31 Oct 2023 at 23:00
1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary

  • Auralia tests 1 and 2: small tests during Semester
  • Class tests 1 and 2: It will consist of a written test in which the student will be asked to identlfy and transcribe exercises performed on the piano by the examiner.
  • Participation/Attendance: Assessment of overall participation in class and punctual attendance throughout Semester.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

Marks will be determined by the results of the class test and exam. The student’s written exams assess all of the required material - recognition of chords, progressions, intervals, and scales.

Assessment criteria for assessments in this unit of study can be found on Canvas in the appropriate folder.

Assessed work will be marked according to these criteria

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Weekly Jazz Ear Training Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of timetabled activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption by the Dean, Head of School or professor most concerned. The Dean, Head of School or professor most concerned may determine that a student fails a unit of study because of inadequate attendance. Alternatively, at their discretion, they may set additional assessment items where attendance is lower than 90%.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 3 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 60-75 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. recognise intervals within an octave
  • LO2. identify all chord qualities including ninth chords with alterations
  • LO3. transcribe short melodies
  • LO4. transcribe 8 bar chord progressions which make use of chromaticism.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Changes to number of assessments and weighting plus re-write of sequential learning program.

More information can be found on Canvas.


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