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Ensemble and Context 4 (Jazz and Popular) FCA217


In this unit students will continue on work done in Ensemble in Context 3 through a variety of activities. Students will engage in guided ensemble performance development as well as discourse, analysis and performance of key historical pieces through historical context modules.

The unit will continue developing students understanding of the significance of historical knowledge in developing new creative work.

A variety of modules will explore the history of Jazz and Popular music, and students will put this historical knowledge into context through transcription, analysis and performance of key recordings. This will be undertaken in a 'Historical Context' specific ensemble. There is an expectation that the complexity of the work of the Historical Context Ensemble at level 200 will be more sophisticated than that done in level 100 units. Students will additionally be assigned a small ensemble in which they will investigate ensemble performance through regular rehearsals and lessons that are designed to develop idiomatic specific ensemble skills.

Students will perform pieces developed in their ensemble in both workshop and concert settings.  They will also perform and undertake seminar presentations with their Historical Context ensemble.


Unit name Ensemble and Context 4 (Jazz and Popular)
Unit code FCA217
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts
Discipline Music
Teaching staff

Dr Nick Haywood

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching PatternEnsemble:
1 hr weekly supervised rehearsal;
2hr weekly self-directed rehearsal;
90 min weekly workshop.
1hr weekly context/history lecture supported by online content/modules;
Project based self-directed "context" ensemble.
AssessmentOngoing rehearsal effectiveness (e.g. peer review, observational review, workshop performances) (10%);
Workshop performance formative assessment (weeks 4/5) (10%);
Analysis and seminar presentation assessment (weeks 7/8) (30%);
Essay on historical content covered (end of semester) (20%);
End of semester performance of prepared works (30%).
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