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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

A module designed to encourage learners to look at specific musical material at great depth, and in deep technical detail, and to give them direction in how to do this most effectively. The module will help the learner to gain a broad insight into jazz performance through an in-depth study of a performer, a historical period, or a current development in jazz performance practice. Learners will consult with their principal instrumental/vocal tutor in deciding on and sourcing appropriate material for analysis

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse technical aspects of playing jazz at great depth
2. Incorporate the knowledge gleaned from the analysis in order to benefit in developing their own music
3. Gain insight into critical thinking and professional academic presentation of information
4. Understand analysis methods and how to use interpretive knowledge

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Assignment Completion120Research, analysis and composition of essay
Tutorial5Consultation with tutor
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

Exploring a specific aspect of jazz performance
The learner will undertake a project, consisting of a 4000-word essay in which they will thoroughly explore a specific aspect of jazz performance – either historical or contemporary. The essay will demonstrate a broad understanding of jazz performance through an in-depth study of a performer, a historical period, or a current development in jazz performance practice. The project will also demonstrate the research the learner has undertaken to fully study the chosen subject, with references to recordings and other source materials. The learner will engage throughout the year with a tutor to identify suitable material for the essay and to get assistance in presentation and content of the analysis presented.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Lewis Porter: 1998, John Coltrane, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 047208643X
  • Paul F. Berliner: 1994, Thinking in jazz, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 0226043819
  • Mark C. Gridley: 2009, Jazz styles, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 0136005896
Other Resources

0, Website, 0, Grove Music Online, http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/public, 0, Website, 0, Jazz and classical analysis website, http://thinkingmusic.ca/,
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