Jazz Performance

Course code MUSI3181
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course focuses on development of performance and analytical skills in the jazz idiom through a study of style, techniques, performance and accompaniment characteristics and improvisation techniques. Students will develop an understanding of theory and musical direction/arrangement appropriate to the style.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Recognise and correctly perform different jazz music styles

2. Read and interpret song scores and perform from them appropriately on their individual instrument

3. Collaborate with other musicians to organise and present performances

4. Improvise over chord changes, correctly applying appropriate scales and modes

5. Demonstrate control over tone and sound production

6. Analyse jazz songs from scores and recordings


The course covers performance, improvisation, and accompaniment techniques studied through an exploration of various idioms from jazz. The harmonic language associated with jazz styles will be a major focus of this course. The skill in using this harmonic language will be developed through reading from chord charts and a further extension of improvisation where little or no assistance is given to the notated chordal structure of the melody.

Assumed Knowledge

Students undertaking this course should have solid skills in the instrument for which this course is offered that semester.

Assessment Items

Participation: Assessment No1

Presentation: Assessment No.2

Presentation: Assessment No.3

Contact Hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term