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Module JAZZ STYLES IN THE USA

Module code: MU381
Credits: 5
Semester: 1
Quota: 40
Department: MUSIC
International: No
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LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this module, you should be able to:
Outline, broadly, the major developments in jazz history as it occurred in the USA over the past century, but especially in the middle decades of the twentieth century.
Identify the main North American jazz styles in that period, based on compositional, performance and improvisational practices.
Apply aural and analytical skills to a variety of jazz recordings.
Discuss how the status and development of jazz is related to social and cultural history in the USA over the twentieth century.

Content
Historical survey of twentieth-century USA jazz styles, with a major concentration on the middle decades of the century.
Introduction to performing and improvisational practices.
Case studies of key figures in jazz performance and composition.
Critical evaluation of significant recordings.
Social and political issues that shaped mid-C20th US jazz history.

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