Jazz History

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Jazz History

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    History, Music

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Study of the cultural roots of jazz music, the political and social contexts in which it flourished, and the ongoing musical practices called jazz in the twenty-first century. 2015 Offering: Jazz emerged in the United States at the beginning of the Twentieth century as a result of the collision of African and European musical practices. For close to a century it has championed as an exemplar of the North American ideals of individuality, freedom and democracy. This course explores what jazz might mean in the twenty-first century, an age in which the music is played in all parts of the world by men and woman of almost any ethnicity imaginable. Students listen to music, discuss ideas and read from a wide range of sources in order to form their own ideas about what the trajectory of jazz might mean to them.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who have successfully completed this course will be able to:
    1. explain and evaluate jazz performances
    2. identify various historical and contemporary performers, performances, and styles
    3. explain the historical and social issues that have shaped the jazz idiom
    4. generate new critical academic work about music employing skills in critical listening, research,
    and academic writing.

    70% internal assessment, 30% examination. Course coordinator: Norman Meehan. Email: norman.meehan@nzsm.ac.nz

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