Jazz Style and Practice MUSIC4093

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines the historical emergence of jazz style, as well as introducing and developing essential skills in jazz performance, analysis, and composition/arrangement. This includes providing students with an opportunity to perform in a jazz combo setting; to create jazz arrangements; and to observe, analyse and transcribe recorded jazz performances.  


10 x 1 hour lectures

12 x 1 hour tutorials

4 x 2 hour workshops


Over 20 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Music, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation

Excluded Courses

Jazz Style and Practice (Level 2) MUSIC2026

Jazz and Blues MUSIC2020

Jazz and Blues MUSIC4048




transcription and analysis - 30%

portfolio containing 2 of 3 elements - 70%


1. Critical Essay (1500 words)

2. Arrangement/composition (minimum 3 mins)

3. Group Performance Individually Assessed

Course Aims

This course aims to:  


■ Provide students with an opportunity to examine the histories, repertoires and styles of jazz music

■ engender an awareness of jazz ethics and performance practice

■ develop students' ability to perform and improvise in a jazz style 

■ introduce students to jazz composition and arrangement

■ allow students to work together in a group performance setting

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Discuss and critique the primary aspects of jazz history, repertoire and style; 

■ engage in a practical jazz performance setting deploying a sense of jazz ethics; 

■ collaborate in jazz performance, including improvising modally in a jazz style according to their performance abilities, or writing for jazz ensembles; 

■ apply practical approaches to making jazz music, i.e. performance or arrangement/composition, with a clear artistic intent and stylistic sensibility. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.