The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course focuses on development of performance and analytical skills in jazz through a study of style, genre, techniques, performance and accompaniment skills and improvisation techniques. Students will develop extended skills in swing rhythm, playing and improvising over jazz chord changes and extensions as well as nuances of jazz phrasing and harmonic construction.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Recognise and accurately perform different jazz music styles

2. Read and interpret highly complex song scores and perform them with high accuracy on their individual instrument

3. Collaborate with other musicians to organise, present and lead performances in a professional manner

4. Improvise over complex chord changes, at a moderate to fast tempi correctly applying advanced scales, modes and riffs

5. Demonstrate advanced control over tone and sound production and professional stage presentation

6. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of artists¿ background and contributions to their artforms through well-organised academic research and written and verbal presentation


The course covers performance, improvisation, and accompaniment techniques studied through an exploration of various idioms and sub-genres of jazz. Jazz improvisation, jazz chord changes, confident mastery of performance and ensemble interaction and style will be the major foci of this course.


Pre-requisite - successful completion of MUSI2150

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentation

Written Assignment: Written Assignment and Presentation

Performance: Performance

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