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The Jazz Influence

Course Times & Enrolment

Tuesdays from 14th April 2020 (Code MU142-301) Add to Basket Tuesdays from
14th April 2020 11:10am - 1:00pm • (10 classes)
Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Dick Lee B Mus
£133.00 Concessions and discounts

Course Summary

An exploration of the influence Jazz has had on other genres of music, and vice versa.

Course Details

Special Information

1. Early Days – The Jazz Problem 


2. Influences on early Jazz 


3. Jazz and classical, early 20th century 


4. Jazz and classical up to the present day 


5. Latin Jazz 


6. Jazz and world music 


7. Jazz and folk music 


8. Jazz Fusion 


9. Jazz and freedom 


10. Jazz today

Content of Course



Teaching method(s)

Seminar discussion, illustrated lecture and recorded and live excerpts.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Appreciate the influence of jazz on other musical genres.
  • Identify key composers and performers.
  • Identify, appreciate and analyse works of music.


Transferable skills

  • Musical analysis
  • Historical awareness
  • Musical appreciation
  • Understanding of Scottish history from the start of the 20th century to the present day through the music.


Core Readings



Jazz Anecdotes, Bill Crow, OUP 1990

Web Sources

Wikipedia and other web sources


Class Handouts

HTML pages of links sent by email.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.