Module title: Jazz 1 - America

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS08136
Module leader: Haftor Medboe
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

Performance Studies Instrument 2
ABRSM Grade VIII, Trinity Rock School Grade VII; ABRSM Theory Grade V; Extensive instrumental performance ability strong techniques and musical theory appropriate to the instrument.

2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Haftor Medboe
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Teaching takes the form of weekly ensemble classes. Each week will see the introduction of new theoretical concepts aligned to LOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, mastery of which require a large amount of time in self-study and unsupervised group rehearsal to ensure your development at the appropriate pace.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Throughout the module, you will work alone for long periods, organising your time in ways that best suit your needs and aspirations, and take account of the availability of resources. Practise facilities will be available at the University throughout the period of this module. As with most music modules, successful completion brings an enhancement of your employability skills. These are skills that are not immediately classifiable as musical, yet are equally important as they strengthen your professional potential; throughout this module you will call upon all of the following in varying amounts:

• evaluating your performance and that of others;
• using appropriate terminology and concepts;
• deploying self-motivation skills in devising and maintaining a practise routine
• deploying time management skills in organising rehearsals and performances
• working in a team, including as leader

Formative Assessment:

Summative Assessment:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 18
Face To Face Centrally Timetabled (Digital) Exam 1
Independent Learning Guided independent study 181
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 20 4,5 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 500
Oral Assessment 20 1,2,3,4,5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 60 1,2,3 14/15 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Weekly classes will cover aspects of idiomatically appropriate rhythm, time-feel and phrasing; harmonic variations of the 12 Bar Blues sequence and the application of the Blues Scale, modes and guide-tones in an improvised solo; chord nomenclature and voicing; the modes of the major scale and the chords to which they relate; the II V I progression as applied to the 12 bar blues and a selection of pieces from standard American jazz repertoire; aural recognition and instrumental application of the musical theory covered; developing an awareness of form and structure in standard jazz repertoire. You will explore approaches to improvisation through the study of a range of pieces of an appropriate standard and give a performance to demonstrate acquired skills at the end of the module.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
LO1: Improvise fluently over selected repertoire
LO2: Use major key functional harmony and make relevant scale/chord choices when performing
LO3: Demonstrate a practical understanding of idiomatically appropriate phrasing
LO4: Describe musical form and aesthetics as they relate to American jazz repertoire
LO5: Demonstrate insight to the key developments and figures in American jazz over the past century

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - GIOIA T (2011) THE HISTORY OF JAZZ: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS Vol. 1, 1st ed. - ISBN: 2010023182
Recommended - COKER J (1982) PATTERNS FOR JAZZ: WARNER BROS. PUBLICATIONS LTD US INC. Vol. 1, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 0898987032
Recommended - LEVINE M (1995) THE JAZZ THEORY BOOK: SHER MUSIC Vol. 1, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9781883217044
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