Unit description

Extends the skills and knowledge gained in Performance I and develops intermediate performance skills through the analysis and critique of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements of contemporary music repertoire and the application of foundational techniques.

Unit content

Topic 1: OWH & S including hearing loss awareness for ensemble playing; technical exercises to establish a practice routine; chart interpretation, rhythm changes, sight reading and transcription.

Topic 2: Introduction to repertoire; extended harmony; progressions, four-note voicings, quartal and arpeggios; instrumental role and function.

Topic 3: Scale syllabus; extended chords, four-note voicings and arpeggios;

Topic 4: Repertoire development; introduction to advanced harmonic progressions, altered/chord extensions; rhythmic technical work related to fast tempos, 8th, 16th note straight, swung and syncopated feels.

Topic 5: Advanced improvisation; scale syllabus.

Topic 6: Memorisation, accompanying, chart interpretation and improvisation over advanced harmonic progressions and technical application to swing eighth notes at various tempos. Stagecraft skills.

Topic 7: Scale syllabus, chart reading, technical work and repertoire memorisation.

Topic 8: Rhythmic focus Latin; jazz: standards, swing, hardbop, ballads and bebop.

Topic 9: Continuation of approaches to improvisation and technical application; stagecraft skills.

Topic 10: Chart reading, technical work and repertoire memorisation.

Topic 11: Exam preparation: advanced stagecraft and ensemble leadership skills.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Reed, T, 2001, Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer, Alfred Publishing Company.
  • Riley, J, 2000, Beyond Bop Drumming, Manhattan Music.
  • Stone, GL, 2002, Stick Control for the snare drummer, Alfred Publishing.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 30 minutes (9 per session)
Workshop on-site 1 hour (3 per session)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Transcription & Transcription Performance15%
Concert Performance15%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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