Unit description

Builds on students' technical skills in their particular discipline from the unit Specialist Studies III, and challenges and extends their artistic understanding. Provides the opportunity for students to develop their directions as musicians within their discipline via intermediate critique, analysis and application of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements of a range of repertoire is also explored.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to a variety of intermediate repertoire and intermediate technical etudes and scale syllabus.

Topic 2: Technical exercises to establish complex melodic lines and harmony (polychord voicing and four-note voicings, and arpeggios).

Topic 3: Memorisation, chart interpretation and improvisation over harmonic progressions and one chord modal approaches. 

Topic 4: Introduction to intermediate harmonic progressions, rhythmic development techniques and repertoire development.

Topic 5: Intermediate improvisation (melodic development, cyclic progressions, creative scale application 'inside and outside', rhythmic applications). Scale syllabus from a variety of genres.

Topic 6: Intermediate stagecraft skills including for example, presentation, band volume, personal dynamics, time management and communication skills.

Topic 7: Scale and chord syllabus (all relevant modes, voicings and from a variety of genres). Intermediate rhythmic techniques related to soloing.

Topic 8: Application of improvisation skills to selected repertoire. Chart reading, technical work and repertoire.

Topic 9: Continuation of approaches to improvisation in all genres and technical application.

Topic 10: Application of melodic skills to selected repertoire. Chart reading, technical work and repertoire.

Topic 11: Application of rhythmic skills to selected repertoire. Chart reading, technical work and repertoire.

Topic 12: Exam preparation: for intermediate performance.

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

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 30mins/weekly
Workshop on-site 1 hour/weekly
Practical session 2 hours/weekly ((12 weeks))
Performance and Production Workshop/Attend and Perform20%
Weekly assessment of studio tasks 30%
Performance 30%

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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