Music in History and Society - American Jazz

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Music in History and Society - American Jazz

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Music (BA)

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    PURPOSE
    Via a chronological study, this module aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the diversity of overlapping music genres, styles and fusions that constitute American jazz. The lecture series will encompass discussion of socio-historical context and analysis of seminal jazz artists combined with intensive listening of representative repertoire.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Describe the general characteristics of the jazz genre.
    Describe the elements of specific jazz styles.
    Provide biographical details pertaining to a representative selection of major jazz artists.
    Identify aurally specific jazz styles, artists and repertoire.
    Socio-historically contextualise specific jazz styles and artists.

    CORE CONTENT

    Pre 1900: Origins of Jazz (Blues & Ragtime).
    1900 ? 1920: Dixieland.
    1920?s: Jazz in Chicago and New York.
    1930?s: Big Band Swing.
    1940?s: Bebop and Cubop.
    1950?s: Cool Jazz and Hard Bop.
    1960?s: Free Jazz.
    1970?s: Electric Jazz Fusions and other (con)fusions.
    1980?s ? Present.

    EVALUATION CRITERIA
    50% class mark + 50% examination mark.

    MODERATION
    Internal.

    PREREQUISITES
    None