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Code: MUSC2200 - Title: A History of Jazz and the Blues
Prerequisite: None - Credit: 3 - Semester: 2
Lecturer:  TBA

Jazz and the Blues have occupied a significant place in the cultural history of the Americas for over a century. This dual music genre is universally recognized as an important contribution from an enslaved people to the cultural inventory of the planet, and is acknowledged for its distinctive impact on other music genres and art forms worldwide. This course surveys the histories of this genre from c.1619 up to 2000. It exposes students to the geography of Jazz/Blues, its structure and nature, the cultural and political influences that have helped to shape its evolution, its fusion with other art forms and styles of music inside and outside of the Caribbean, the role of gender and religion in its formation, and its modern manifestations. The course thus introduces students to an important aspect of the cultural history of the Americas, enables them to appreciate the genius of an exploited people, and sensitizes them to better understand the musical contours of the present global age.

Course work: 40%

  1. written tutorial presentation 15%,
  2. a take-home essay (2000 words)  25%

Final 2-hour Exam: 60%

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