For this course there are no admission requirements.
This course gives an insight into the styles of the three periods of jazz: the historical, the institutional and the digital period. Improvisation and swing, the functioning of the rhythm section and the melody section, as well as musical, social and cultural interaction will be discussed. Attention will be given to how to listen to jazz in order to learn how to identify the characteristics of the various styles. Knowledge of music theory is not required. However, students are expected to have seen and studied the various ‘knowledge clips’ before visiting the classes in which the content of these clips are being dealt with.
Improvisation and swing, the functioning of the rhythm section and the melody section, as well as musical, social and cultural interaction;
how to listen to jazz;
identify the characteristics of the various styles;
insight into the styles of the three periods of jazz: the historical, the institutional and the digital period.
Dates and time
2020-2021, Second semester.
Monday evenings from 18.00 to 19.30 hrs.
The lectures take place at Lipsius building, Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD Leiden, room 011. For those not able to join in person, the lectures will also be streamed as live video.
Mode of instruction
Lecture and knowledge video clips.
Please find the knowledge video clips here: Videoportal Jazz History
Online exam with auditory questions and using video material.
Ted Gioia, The history of jazz. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
additionally: Scott DeVeaux & Gary Giddens, Jazz. New York: Norton, 2009.
Register for this course via uSis. Registration in uSis for this elective is open from 15 December 2020, 13.00 hrs.
Students who have followed this course in previous years, are entitled to follow this course again this year. Although the content of the course is largely the same, assignments and final test vary from year to year. Please check with the study advisor or student administration of your bachelor programme whether the study credits (EC) connected to this course will be obtained if you follow the course for a second time.
For other courses in the domains of music and fine arts, please visit: Elective courses music and fine arts