African-American Music Inquiry (MCGY3631)


This unit aims to provide students with a framework for analysing African-American musical products. An historical survey of research into African-American performance is followed by a discussion of current critical debates and scholarship. Students will apply existing theoretical models to the analysis of jazz, funk and hip-hop works. In turn, they will develop original research methodologies for the analysis of an African-American expressive work of their choice.

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One 2 hr seminar/week


Essay 3000 words (50%), Tut presentation 2000 wds (30%), Tutorial participation and demonstrated knowledge of required reading (20%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

At least 12 cps of Foundation units (MCGY2611, MCGY2612, MCGY2613 MCGY2614) or with permission of the coordinator.

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