MUSJAZZ 1010 - Jazz History

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

Facilitate understanding of social, economic and political factors involved in the development of Afro-American music from its West African and European roots to the present day; develop the ability to analyse the specific stylistic features of each historical period of jazz, including transitional and related forms, and to identify major trends in the development of the music; develop ability to assess and place into historical perspective the innovations and developments of the major contributors from early jazz to contemporary styles. Topics include: analysis of various styles of jazz ranging from New Orleans to contemporary; musical concepts in jazz styles; roles of instruments; study of set works.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSJAZZ 1010
    Course Jazz History
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible MUSJAZZ 1300A, MUSJAZZ 1300B
    Course Description Facilitate understanding of social, economic and political factors involved in the development of Afro-American music from its West African and European roots to the present day; develop the ability to analyse the specific stylistic features of each historical period of jazz, including transitional and related forms, and to identify major trends in the development of the music; develop ability to assess and place into historical perspective the innovations and developments of the major contributors from early jazz to contemporary styles. Topics include: analysis of various styles of jazz ranging from New Orleans to contemporary; musical concepts in jazz styles; roles of instruments; study of set works.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Dusty Cox

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. To facilitate understanding of the social, economic and political factors involved in the development of jazz in the USA from its West African and European roots to the present day, including the ongoing developments of jazz styles within America, Europe and Australia.

    2. To develop the ability to analyse and discuss/document the specific stylistic features of each historical period of jazz, including transitional and related forms, and to identify major trends in the development of the music.

    3. To develop the ability to assess, aurally recognise and place into historical perspective the innovations and developments of the major contributors from early jazz to contemporary styles.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2, 3
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Access to Spotify and YouTube.


    Recommended Resources
    Gary Giddens Jazz
    Ted Gioia The History of Jazz
    Mark Gridley Jazz Styles
    Alyn Shipton A New History of Jazz
    Ken Burns Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns 
    Online Learning
    Students will be able to access lecture materials in MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    TEACHING & LEARNING MODES Facilitate understanding of the social, economic and political factors involved in the development of Jazz in the USA from its West African and European roots to the present day; develop the ability to analyse the specific stylistic features of each historical period of jazz, including transitional and related forms, and to identify major trends in the development of the music; develop ability to assess and place into historical perspective the innovations and developments of the major contributors from early jazz to contemporary styles. Topics include: analysis of various styles of jazz and pre-jazz ranging from Spirituals and the Blues to EuroJazz and Hip Hop/Jazz amalgams; musical concepts in jazz styles; roles of instruments; study of set works.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students are expected to attend lectures each week and take notes then study the written lectures (available online through MyUni within 24 hours from presentation) as well as PowerPoint slides, YouTube and Spotify links for listening. Students are also expected to participate weekly in the Tutorial sessions where lecture content is explored in greater detail through discussion, active listening tasks and individual projects.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Jazz History explores the foundations of jazz from its roots in West Africa, through its early development in the USA through the interaction of African and European people through to about 1945 and continues to explore the foundations of modern jazz from its roots in Bebop through to the present time.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Access to Spotify playlists and YouTube links is required.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The schedule of 1:1 individual lessons enables technical and musical issues to be explored, and short-term and long-term goals to be designed in order to target individual needs.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    ASSESSMENT TASK                   TASK TYPE                          WEIGHTING              COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
    Listening Assignment                 Formative                           10%                         2 
    Test                                          Summative                         20%                         1, 2, 3
    Exam                                        Formative and Summative   70%                         1, 2, 3

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance
    Active presence at 100% of the class sessions is expected. Any student who misses more than two class sessions (certified medical or prior-approved compassionate/professional absences excepted) may be excluded from exam assessment. Applications for leave should be made using the following pro-forma: http://music.adelaide.edu.au/current/handbook/Student_Leave_Form_11-11.pdf  
    Assessment Detail

    Listening Assignment - 10% Weighting

    Students will be provided with Spotify playlists that will be presented and discussed in class.  Students will then discuss in small groups and the assignment will include identifying artists, ensembles and musical works of the time in historical perspective.

    Test - 20% Weighting

    A test in week 12 will included comparative analysis of developing jazz artists and styles as well as aural identification similar to the Listening Assignment.

    Exam - 70% Weighting

    The end of semester exam will include an aural identification aspect as well as comparative analysis and discourse on the parallel social developments in the timeline of developing jazz music.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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