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Jazz: From Spirituals to Swing FCH203


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This unit begins an investigation into jazz and its evolution over the past century. The study in this unit commences with the use of spirituals and continues through to the swing era. The content of the unit highlights the musicians who played an important part in the development of the styles investigated. Students will analyse the styles represented and build a reference library of seminal recordings from each era studied.


Unit name Jazz: From Spirituals to Swing
Unit code FCH203
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law & Education
School of Creative Arts
Discipline Music

Associate Professor Anne-Marie Forbes

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Andrew Legg, Mr Matthew Boden

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hr lecture, weekly; 1 x 1 hr workshop, weekly


Research assignment and workshop test:20%

Essay (1500 words): 30%

End of Semester exams: 50% listening 20%, written 30%

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Flexible Study Options



Gridley, Jazz Styles 11th ed (Prentice-Hall)


Turabian Manual 8th ed 978-0-226-81638-8
Shipton A New History of Jazz (Continuum)
Tirro Jazz A History (Norton)
Southern The Music of Black Americans (Norton)
Boyer the Golden Age of Gospel (Univ of Illinois Press)

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