Module title: Jazz 2 - Europe

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS09143
Module leader: Haftor Medboe
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

Demonstable knowledge that aligns with LOs of Jazz 1 – America

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Haftor Medboe
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:

Formative Assessment:

Summative Assessment:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 18
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 1
Independent Learning Guided independent study 181
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 20 4,5 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 500
Oral Assessment 20 1,2,3,4,5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 60 1,2,3 14/15 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The classes will cover the structure of the chord sequences from selected European jazz repertoire; the modes of the melodic and harmonic minor scales; extended chords and upper structure voicing; modal approaches to composition and improvisation; strategies for melodic development through patterns and enclosure theory; chord substitution and modal interchange; aural recognition and instrumental application of the musical theory covered. Historical context will be shaped by the study of jazz in Europe over the past century with particular focus on jazz from the Nordic countries. You will explore approaches to improvisation through the study of a range of pieces of an appropriate standard and give a performance to demonstrate acquired skills at the end of the module.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

LO1: Improvise fluently over selected repertoire
LO2: Deploy minor scale and modal functional harmony and make appropriate scale and mode choices in improvisation
LO3: Understand and deploy idiomatic phrasing, melodic and rhythmic development
LO4: Understand and deploy enclosure theory and parallel harmony
LO5: Describe musical form and aesthetics as they relate to European jazz repertoire
LO6: Demonstrate insight to the key developments and figures in European jazz

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - NICHOLSON S (2014) IS JAZZ DEAD?: OR HAS IT MOVED TO A NEW ADDRESS?: ROUTLEDGE Vol. 1, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780415975834
Recommended - GIOIA T (2011) THE HISTORY OF JAZZ: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS Vol. 1, 1st ed. - ISBN: 2010023182
Recommended - LEVINE M (1995) THE JAZZ THEORY BOOK: SHER MUSIC Vol. 1, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9781883217044
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