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Composition and Arrangement - Jazz

Our Single Study program is a great way to study a single class or two offered at WAAPA without committing to one of our full-time programs.

This unit offers you an introduction to the fundamental principles and techniques of arranging and their application within a jazz context. Explore and develop your basic music arranging skills through an examination of musical elements and key arranging concepts, with the practice of arranging music for a variety of small jazz ensembles being used to support and apply the underpinning theoretical constructs.

On completion, all participants should be able to:

  • begin to analyse basic musical arrangements and compositions;
  • begin to demonstrate an understanding of basic arranging techniques;
  • begin to discriminate the features of differing basic harmonic, melodic, rhythmic and structural elements;
  • begin to implement basic jazz theory and improvisation concepts in an arranged setting;
  • create original arrangements for selected small jazz ensembles.
  • describe the technical features of studied instruments; and
  • effectively implement standard notation practice in a musical score.

Course details

Dates: Semester 1
Cost: $1,145

Cancellations and refunds

Please choose your course carefully as full refunds will only be given if a course has been cancelled. In the case of illness, a partial refund will only by granted upon presentation of a valid medical certificate within seven days of the course end date. Refunds will incur an administration charge of 15% of the total course fee.


A confirmation letter (including details of location, times and what to bring/prepare) will be sent to your email address approximately one week before the start of the course.

For further enquiries please contact:School Officer - Music
Elly Welch
Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6845

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