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JAZZ1621: Jazz Music Skills 1

Harmony and Arranging Module: This unit deals with the study of the harmony of standard jazz repertoire both from a theoretical angle and through the process of arranging for small jazz combos. Students will learn to understand and use basic harmonic rules and standard harmonic devices, diatonic progression and chord patterns. Keyboard Module: Puts theoretical concepts covered in both the Harmony and Arranging and Aural Modules into practice using keyboard instruments. 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.

Code JAZZ1621
Academic unit Jazz
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. demonstrate knowledge of fundamental jazz harmonic principles through improvisation in a coherent way
  • LO2. analyse jazz arrangements from a range of styles and eras
  • LO3. write arrangements for small group jazz band in a number of styles
  • LO4. become fluent in diatonic jazz harmony and begin arranging techniques
  • LO5. complete a smaller-sized arrangement for small group jazz band to be performed in class
  • LO6. increase your aural skills and use this understanding to deepen your ability to listen, understand and perform in jazz and improvised contexts.
  • LO7. have a broad understanding of foundation rhythmic principles associated with contemporary music/jazz performance
  • LO8. have a basic set of problem solving, procedural skills allowing for the development and manipulation of personal rhythmic process and vocabulary
  • LO9. develop physical coordination skills relating to rhythmic forms, structures, and procedural practices
  • LO10. Develop skills associated with communicating rhythmic process, rhythm content, and rhythmic coordination