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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Jazz History, Ethos and Philosophy
Module Code MC415
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Cormac O'Brien
Semester 2: Cormac O'Brien
Autumn: Cormac O'Brien
Module TeachersCormac O'Brien
Linda Adams
Kevin Joseph Brady
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

A module designed to help the learner gain insights into the history of the development of jazz, and its place in contemporary society, and to think independently and on a sophisticated level about their own motivation in pursuing a career as a musician. Taking the form of a discussion workshop, themes are explored such as the cultural significance of jazz in modern society, practical considerations to being a fulltime musician, historical and contemporary challenges for women in jazz, and the wider benefits of being an improviser beyond musical applications.

Learning Outcomes

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Weekly, A one-hour weekly lecture-workshop
Independent Study81Reading and research on topics related to jazz and society
Assignment Completion20Essay on chosen topic
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Paul F. Berliner: 1994, Thinking in jazz, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 0226043819
  • Ben Ratliff: 0, Coltrane: The Story of a Sound, Picador, 0312427786
  • Gioia, Ted: 2016, How to Listen to Jazz, Basic Books,
  • Taylor, Arthur: 1993, Notes and Tones, Da Capo,
  • Gitler, Ira: 1994, Swing to Bop: An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the 1940s, OUP,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
JZCMBA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Perfor

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