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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUS2012 Module Title: JAZZ STUDIES 1
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU2.JAZZ
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: BARHAM JM Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern
Components of Assessment
Percentage weighting
  • Critical study of a short piece of recorded jazz, chosen from a list provided, including melodic transcription in whole or in part, analysis and contextual comment, of not more than 500 words (40%)
  • An essay of not more than 2000 words on a topic chosen from a list provided (60%)
Module Overview
Pass in Level HE1 Understanding Music 1
Module Aims
To develop historical and analytical understanding of the main styles of jazz from the late 19th century to the present day.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this module you should be able to:
  • identify significant jazz styles and understand their historical context
  • analyse and describe basic jazz forms and techniques
  • demonstrate ability to transcribe jazz solos
Module Content

An outline of jazz history with reference to major individuals and ensembles. Methods of analysis and transcription.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

10 one-hour lectures:
additional individual tutorials as required.

Selected Texts/Journals
Essential Reading :
Tirro, Frank, 1993 : Jazz : A History 2nd edn (New York : Norton)
Tucker, Mark, 2001 : ‘Jazz’ in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London : Macmillan), Vol.12, pp.902-26.
Recommended Reading :
Cooke, Mervyn, and Horn, David, (eds), 2002 : The Cambridge Companion to Jazz (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
Kernfeld, Barry, 1995: What to listen for in Jazz (New Haven: Yale University Press)
Suggested Reading :
Kernfeld, Barry (ed.), 1994 : The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (London : Macmillan)
Kirchner, Bill (ed.), 2000 : The Oxford Companion to Jazz (Oxford : Oxford University Press)
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