Teaching Jazz in Secondary School (MUED3031)


This unit of study provides students with a broad overview of the development of jazz from its earliest stages to the present and from its origins in New Orleans to its contemporary expressions in Australia, Europe and elsewhere. An understanding of key stylistic and technical aspects of jazz will be undertaken through immersion in jazz-related skills of listening and transcription as well as idiomatic improvisation, which are developed progressively through weekly workshops.The unit is designed for students in the BMus(MusEd) degree program for whom it is a core requirement. Bringing an instrument to weekly sessions is mandatory - pianists should acquire a melodion for the unit.

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1 hr lecture, 1 hour workshop/wk


Teaching sequence (30%), Tutorial presentation (45%), Essay (25%)

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Additional Information

This unit is not available for Jazz Performance students unless they are enrolled in BMus (Music Education).

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.