MUSC13406 - Composition and Arranging 1
Term 1 - 2017


All details in this unit profile for MUSC13406 have been officially approved by CQUniversity and represent a learning partnership between the University and you (our student). The information will not be changed unless absolutely necessary and any change will be clearly indicated by an approved correction included in the profile.

Overview

This unit focuses on skills and methods associated with composing and arranging for small music ensembles. The Composition side of this unit will explore musical forms, melodic construction and harmonic devices. Arrangement studies investigate conventions of notation and require students to develop working arrangements for a variety of musical ensembles relating to their area of speciality. While students are expected to explore their own creativity and orginality, due attention to rigor in the technical, musical and aesthetic aspects of the assigned tasks is required.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

This unit has a prerequisite of MUSC12414 Language of Modern Music 4.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance
  • Mackay

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 35%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
There should be more online material. Student Evaluation Online material to be maintained and developed to assist student learning.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop your speciality music composition and arranging skills for small ensembles through the various written assignments for various groupings of instruments.
  2. Demonstrate your competent handling of the materials of composition and arranging, including harmony, melody, form and style through a variety of written assignments relating to composition and arranging.
  3. Demonstrate your competent handling of the aesthetics of composition and arranging including coherence, development, tension and resolution, structure and form and content and concept in your written assignments.
  4. Develop your notational skills in the various genres, styles and instrumental and ensemble configurations covered by the unit through the various written assignments in this unit.
  5. Explore your creativity and originality in the various composition and arranging tasks set for this unit.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy      
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Written Assessment        

Prescribed Textbooks

Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age
Author/s: Richard Sussman; Mike Abene Year: 2012
Edition: 1st Publisher: Oxford University Press
City: New York State: NY
Country: United States
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorDavid Reaston (d.reaston@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Overview

Technical foundation

Reading 1: Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. pp.15-35

Reading 2: Pease, T., & Pullig, K. (2001). Modern jazz voicings: Arranging for small and medium ensembles. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp.2-10

Week 2 13-03-2017

Harmony: Standard Jazz Voicings

Reading 1: Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. pp.90-95

Week 3 20-03-2017

Harmony: Quartal Harmony and Modal Concepts

Reading 1: Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. pp.96-97, 340-342.

Reading 2: Levine, M. (1989). The jazz piano book. Petaluma, CA: Sher Music Co. pp. 105-107.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Harmony: Reharmonization

Reading 1: Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. pp.105-117, 119-126

Reading 2: Levine, M. (1995). The jazz theory book. Petaluma, CA: Sher Music Co. pp. 259-295.

Worksheet and reharmonization task Due Friday (31 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

Composition: Melody and Motivic Development

Reading: Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. pp.67-78

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Composition: Harmony and Form

Week 7 24-04-2017

Composition: Additional tools

Composition Due Monday (24 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Arranging: Form and planning

Reading: Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. pp.131-142

Week 9 08-05-2017

Arranging: 2 part, 3 part and countermelodies

Reading 1: Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. pp.74-75, 126-128.

Reading 2: Dobbins, B. (1986). Jazz arranging and composing: a linear approach (Vol. 1). Music Exchange. pp.19-33, 50-61.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Arranging: Sections

Reading: Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. pp.142-146, 225-234, 417-431.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Arranging: The Rhythm section

Reading 1: Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. pp.161-170.

Reading 2: Dobbins, B. (1986). Jazz arranging and composing: a linear approach (Vol. 1). Music Exchange. pp.35-48.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Score presentation

Reading: Sussman, R., & Abene, M. (2012). Jazz composition and arranging in the digital age. New York: Oxford University Press, USA. pp.40-53, 193-196.

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Arrangement Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

To enable you to get the best results in this unit, I suggest you purchase Sibelius music notation software. This can be bought in full or on an annual subscription. This can be used to complete all three assessments of this unit, however, you will find this music notation software very useful for other units in the Bachelor of Music degree. For more information on how to purchase this software, please go to the links on the Moodle website or contact me, the unit coordinator, David Reaston. Email: d.reaston@cqu.edu.au

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Worksheet and reharmonization task
Task Description

You will be required to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of instrument ranges and characteristics
  • Voice melodic fragments in a variety of standard jazz voicings
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the most common uses of standard jazz voicings and their application
  • Demonstrate knowledge of voice leading
  • Reharmonize a selection of music with a variety of techniques
  • Provide a 200 - 500 word analysis of your reharmonization which is to include a Roman numeral analysis, and a commentary of the process used and any challenges faced along the way.

Assessment submission and presentation

You must submit:

  • A completed worksheet as a (.pdf). This may written by hand on the worksheet and later scanned, or re-written with a music notation program such as Sibelius.
  • A reharmonization as a (.pdf). This may written by hand on the worksheet and later scanned, or re-written with a music notation program such as Sibelius.
  • A 200 - 500 word analysis of your reharmonization which as a Microsoft Word Document (.docx) which (1) must use 12 point Times New Roman font; (2) must use 1.5 spacing for the body of the assignment; and (3) may use sub-headings to organise your assignment clearly Must adhere to the CQUniversity APA Style Guide.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
  • Demonstrates knowledge of instrument ranges and characteristics (10%)
  • Knowledge and Implementation of standard jazz voicings for the melodic fragments (30%)
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the most common uses of standard jazz voicings and their application (5%)
  • Demonstrates knowledge of voice leading (5%)
  • Application of a variety of reharmonization techniques in given task (10%)
  • Appropriate and creative use of reharmonization techniques in given task (20%)
  • Appropriate and coherent Roman numeral analysis of reharmonization (5%)
  • Clear communication of process (10%)
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; clarity of writing style (2%)
  • Meeting delivery requirements (presentation, word count, style guide) (3%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submitted through Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Develop your speciality music composition and arranging skills for small ensembles through the various written assignments for various groupings of instruments.

2. Demonstrate your competent handling of the materials of composition and arranging, including harmony, melody, form and style through a variety of written assignments relating to composition and arranging.

3. Demonstrate your competent handling of the aesthetics of composition and arranging including coherence, development, tension and resolution, structure and form and content and concept in your written assignments.

4. Develop your notational skills in the various genres, styles and instrumental and ensemble configurations covered by the unit through the various written assignments in this unit.

5. Explore your creativity and originality in the various composition and arranging tasks set for this unit.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Composition
Task Description

You are to create a 32-bar composition (lead sheet including chords and melody) in a jazz/swing style.

The form of the composition should be one of the following:

  • AABA
  • ABAC
  • AB (16 bars each)

You may be guided by pre-existing harmonic structures, however you should strive to be as original as possible with your chord progression and melody. To insure your chord progression is appropriate to the jazz tradition, include:

  • II-V-I progressions
  • At least one key change or strong tonicisation
  • At least one secondary dominant chord
  • At least one altered chord

Ensure the melody and harmony are well-integrated.

You do not need to write lyrics for this composition, however if it helps you in your writing process, then you are more than welcome to include them.

Analysis and written discussion

In addition, you will be required to provide a harmonic and melodic analysis of the melody and chord progression, and a 300 - 500 word discussion of your compositional process including any challenges faced along the way.

  • Harmonic Analysis: Provide a Roman numeral analysis of the changes. Be sure to label key changes or tonicisations, secondary dominant chords and any altered chords.
  • Melodic Analysis: Label each note of the melody as it relates to each of the chord changes. Be sure to label diatonic passing tones and chromatic passing tones.

Assessment submission and presentation

You must submit:

  • A lead sheet of your original composition as a (.pdf). This is to be created on a music notation program (e.g. Sibelius).
  • A harmonic analysis of your composition as a (.pdf). This may be created on a music notation program or by hand and scanned.
  • A melodic analysis of your composition as a (.pdf). This may be created with a music notation program or by hand and scanned.
  • A 300 - 500 word commentary of your compositional process as a Microsoft Word Document (.docx) which (1) must use 12 point Times New Roman font; (2) must use 1.5 spacing for the body of the assignment; and (3) may use sub-headings to organise your assignment clearly Must adhere to the CQUniversity APA Style Guide.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Monday (24-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017)
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria
Composition
  • Chord changes are appropriate to the genre (20%)
  • Melody is well-implemented within the chord changes (20%)
  • Implementation of II-V-I progressions (2%)
  • Implementation of at key shifts (2%)
  • Implementation of secondary dominant harmony (2%)
  • Implementation of at altered harmony (2%)
  • Style is adhered to in terms of melody (12%)

Analysis and written discussion

  • Harmonic analysis is accurate and complete (10%)
  • Melodic analysis is accurate and complete (10%)
  • Discussion of compositional process (15%)
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; clarity of writing style (2%)
  • Meeting delivery requirements (presentation, word count, style guide) (3%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Develop your speciality music composition and arranging skills for small ensembles through the various written assignments for various groupings of instruments.

2. Demonstrate your competent handling of the materials of composition and arranging, including harmony, melody, form and style through a variety of written assignments relating to composition and arranging.

3. Demonstrate your competent handling of the aesthetics of composition and arranging including coherence, development, tension and resolution, structure and form and content and concept in your written assignments.

4. Develop your notational skills in the various genres, styles and instrumental and ensemble configurations covered by the unit through the various written assignments in this unit.

5. Explore your creativity and originality in the various composition and arranging tasks set for this unit.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Arrangement
Task Description

Arrangement for small jazz ensemble and written discussion

You are to produce an arrangement of your composition from the previous assessment for a small jazz ensemble (3 – 4 horns + rhythm section). You may alter your composition based on feedback from the previous assessment, but not so much that it's a new piece.

The arrangement must include:

  • A variety of standard jazz voicings
  • An introduction
  • A statement of the melody
  • A transition/kicker
  • A solo section with background parts
  • A shout chorus or soli section
  • Rhythmic comping
  • A restatement of the melody demonstrating different arranging techniques to the original statement
  • At least one modulation - either integrated into the harmonic structure or more broadly applied to a section
  • A coda

An example of an arrangement for 3-4 horns could include trumpet, alto and/or tenor saxophone and trombone.

In addition, you are to submit a 500 - 800 word discussion on your arrangement.

Be sure to include:

  • The process of taking the composition and arranging it
  • An explanation what kinds of voicings you used where and why you used them
  • Your approach to writing your introduction and ending
  • Your approach to writing your shout chorus/soli section
  • Your approach to writing background figures

Assessment submission and presentation

You must submit:

  • A score of your arrangement as a PDF (.pdf) and a Sibelius file (.sib).
  • Individual parts of your arrangement as (.pdf)'s. They are to be created on a music notation program (e.g. Sibelius).
  • A 500 - 800 word discussion of your arrangement as a Microsoft Word Document (.docx) which (1) must use 12 point Times New Roman font; (2) must use 1.5 spacing for the body of the assignment; and (3) may use sub-headings to organise your assignment clearly Must adhere to the CQUniversity APA Style Guide.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Assessment will be returned at the end of term
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria
Arrangement
  • Instrumental writing is effective and correct (20%)
  • Arrangement displays coherence and unity (20%)
  • All required sections are present and clearly marked (10%)
  • All required arrangement devices are present and clearly marked (10%)
  • Arrangement displays a variety of standard jazz voicings (5%)
  • The score is laid out in a professional manner (5%)
  • Parts are laid out in a professional manner (5%)
Written Discussion
  • Discussion is considered, reflective, and complete (15%)
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; clarity of writing style (5%)
  • Meeting delivery requirements (presentation, word count, style guide) (5%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Demonstrate your competent handling of the materials of composition and arranging, including harmony, melody, form and style through a variety of written assignments relating to composition and arranging.

4. Develop your notational skills in the various genres, styles and instrumental and ensemble configurations covered by the unit through the various written assignments in this unit.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




© 2017 CQUniversity
Page generated by apps-prod-02.cqu.edu.au at Fri Apr 28 14:18:58 AEST 2017