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JAZZ1622: Jazz Music Skills 2

Harmony and Arranging Module: Deals with more advanced aspects of jazz music theory and arranging, such as voicing techniques for two to four horns, harmonisation of passing tones, clusters and other techniques. Students may be organised into ensemble-like groups and may be expected to bring their instruments to perform the works presented. Keyboard module: Puts theoretical concepts covered in both the Harmony and Arranging and Aural Modules into practice using keyboard instruments. Aural Module: Consolidates and expands upon concepts and skills introduced in Jazz Music Skills 1, and introduces compound intervals, open voicings, the addition of upper extensions to all chord types, and increasingly complex harmonic structures.

Code JAZZ1622
Academic unit Jazz
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. recognise intervals within an octave
  • LO2. identify all chord qualities including 9th chords with alterations
  • LO3. transcribe short melodies and 8 bar chord progressions which make use of chromaticism
  • LO4. demonstrate knowledge of fundamental jazz harmonic principles through improvisation in a coherent way
  • LO5. analyse jazz arrangements from a range of styles and eras
  • LO6. write arrangements for small group jazz bands in a number of styles
  • LO7. be fluent in diatonic jazz harmony and small group arranging techniques
  • LO8. complete a smaller-sized arrangement for a small group jazz band to be performed in class.
  • LO9. identify and construct (from printed score or from memory) the extended/colourful 7th chords derived from the modes of the major scale, including: maj6/9, min9, dominant 9 and 13 and some altered dominant chords, min9(b5) or half-diminished 9, and diminished 7
  • LO10. name and compare some basic alternative voicings and parent scales that may be used when harmonising or re-harmonising: 1. tonic major and minor chords (I chords); 2. minor and half-diminished (or min7(b5) chords (ii7 chords); and 3. dominant 7 chords (V7 chords)
  • LO11. name and describe some uses for the chords derived from the melodic minor scale
  • LO12. describe and apply drop 2 voicing technique to ii-V-I and diatonic cycle chord progressions
  • LO13. describe in basic detail some aspects of recorded jazz music, and identify a small number of relevant techniques employed by the performing musicians that may be in turn used to inform one's own practice and arrangements
  • LO14. utilise the resources presented in this course to inform further private practice and study of (or improvisation or composition with) jazz piano and jazz harmony.