Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSir Zelman Cowen School of Music
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Tony Gould


This unit explores research in the field of jazz history in the context of diverse approaches to improvisation and the complex relationship between jazz and world music. Relevant texts will be discussed in conjunction with analyses of representative audio and score material.


On the successful completion of the unit, students will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the major trends in approaches to improvisation through jazz history;
  2. Gain an understanding of the influence of diverse world musics on jazz;
  3. Develop a solid foundation for further academic inquiry into jazz via the analysis of improvised solos and cross-cultural musical influences in jazz;
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key artists and their approaches to improvisation and cross-cultural musical relationships introduced in lectures.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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