MUS31300 Blues and Jazz

Academic Year 2021/2022

Introduction to ethnomusicological theory and practice.
Study of the music of North America/African American Blues, Early Jazz/Dixieland, Big Band and Swing, Bebop

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students should be able to
- Outline a borad history of the evolution of blues and jazz in the twentieth century
-Identify particular styles of blues and jazz
-Connent on style in relation to particular pieces
-Identify individual instruments and musicians

Indicative Module Content:

Early rural blues
Urban blues
Early jazz/Dixieland
Big Band and Swing

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, supplemented by directed listening and reading.
Close listening to and analysis of selected recordings in class
Presentation of a group project 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Students will submit an end-of-semester essay on a topic agreed with the module coordinator. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Class Test: Students will be tested on pieces of music listened to and discussed in class Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Presentation: In-class presentation. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Aural examinations will be returned to students with an indicative grade. The final essay will be graded, and that grade added to the cumulative grades for the aural tests