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MUSI3026 Jazz History

Module Overview

This module includes topics like: The ‘birth’ of jazz; swing as popular music; bebop and myths of creative genius; jazz and gender; jazz as ‘America’s classical music’; jazz and race; British jazz; free jazz and avant-garde culture; jazz and world music; constructions of the jazz canon; jazz and critical theory; and economies of jazz.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Recording and production systems and techniques.
  • How recording and production processes may be combined.
  • Differences between recording and production systems and/or styles.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Give effective oral presentations.
  • Plan and manage an independent project.
  • Complete effective research in support of a project.
  • Use computer and electronic equipment effectively.
  • Synthesize ideas from multiple information sources.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Utilise audio recording systems effectively to complete a specific goal.
  • Develop practical solutions to recording/production issues.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate different recording/production techniques and systems.
  • Analyse recording/production problems.
  • Critically evaluate the quality of audio recordings

Syllabus

The module will be taught in six thematic blocks. These will include topics like: The ‘birth’ of jazz; swing as popular music; bebop and myths of creative genius; jazz and gender; jazz as ‘America’s classical music’; jazz and race; British jazz; free jazz and avant-garde culture; jazz and world music; constructions of the jazz canon; jazz and critical theory; and economies of jazz.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, in-class discussions, small-group blog discussions

TypeHours
Wider reading or practice15
Revision20
Preparation for scheduled sessions36
Lecture24
Follow-up work20
Completion of assessment task35
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Robert Walser (1999). Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History. 

Ian Carr (2004). Jazz: The Rough Guide. 

Hartley Library. 

John F Szwed (1999). Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Jazz. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Discussion 30%
Essay  (1500 words) 35%
Essay  (1500 words) 35%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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