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JAZZ1021: Jazz History 1

Jazz History 1 provides the student with a practical understanding of the roots of jazz and the music developed, played and composed from the late 1800s - early 1930s and the historical context in which it was created. The classes will be structured around the use of sound recordings, archival footage, group discussion/analysis and by practical application. Students will be expected to be able to recognise, write about and discuss the major musical contributors of this period and their music, the cultural and socio-economic influences upon and of this music. Aural examinations will be of the 'Blindfold Test' variety. Students will transcribe notable performances from recordings and will direct ensemble performances of these. A listening list, reading list, video links and audio examples will be provided.

Code JAZZ1021
Academic unit Jazz
Credit points 3
Assumed knowledge:
Students enrolling in this unit are expected to have strong overall music skills including notation, reading, aural skills, music research and analysis and jazz performance (excluding non-jazz students)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. have a well rounded knowledge of the development of jazz from the late 1800s to the mid 1930s- which will inform their performance skills and musicological knowledge.
  • LO2. achieve an understanding of the styles, sounds and cultural in-fluences of and upon the main artists of this period and to be able to recognise them aurally.
  • LO3. understand and, for instrumentalists, be able to perform competently in the varying styles of this era. They will have an understanding of the social and cultural influences upon and of the music of this period.
  • LO4. Will be introduced to the music, contributions and history of some of the important, influential and under-recognised female artists of this era.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.