Jazz Styles in the USA

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Jazz Styles in the USA

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    American Studies, Music

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    - Origins of jazz;
    - Chronological survey of the main US jazz styles, c.1890s ? 1980s;
    - Case studies of key figures in performance and composition;
    - Some technical study of performance and composition techniques;
    - Critical evaluation of significant recordings in the major jazz styles;
    - Contextualisation of jazz history with reference to US society.

    Learning Outcomes:
    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -Outline the history of jazz in the USA, c.1890s ?1980s
    -Identify a range of jazz styles, based on compositional, performance, and improvisational practices
    -Apply listening skills and analytical reasoning to a variety of representative jazz recordings
    -Evaluate the relationship between jazz and twentieth-century American culture and society

    Teaching & Learning methods:
    Lectures: 24 hours

    Continuous Assessment: 50%
    University scheduled written examination: 50%

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