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Muziek: Inleiding in de jazzgeschiedenis


Admission requirements

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.


Dates and time

2020-2021, Second semester.

Monday evenings from 18.45 to 20.15 hrs.

Lecture dates:
Monday 10 February 2020
Monday 17 February 2020
Monday 24 February 2020
Monday 2 March 2020
Monday 9 March 2020
Monday 23 March 2020
Monday 30 March 2020
Monday 6 April 2020
PLEASE NOTE: no meeting on Monday 3 February 2020!

Exam date:
Monday 20 April 2020

The exam will be online and will be distributed after ... April 2020.


The lectures take place at Lipsius building, Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD Leiden, room 227.
Please note: From 9 March onward, all lectures and the exam will take place in Lipsius 147!

The exam takes place at room 147 of the Lipsius building.

Mode of instruction

Lecture and knowledge video clips.
Please find the knowledge video clips here: Videoportal Jazz History

Assesment method

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.


Ir. Rogier Schneemann, Academie der Kunsten Wouter Turkenburg, telefoon: 070 315 14 00, e-mail:

For other courses in the domains of music and fine arts, please visit: Elective courses music and fine arts