MUSP4314 - The History of Jazz


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100

Course content

Three courses that focus on 3 different periodes in the history of jazz. Each course has 16 lessons.

  1. Ca. 1920-1960: New Orleans, Chicago, Swing, Big band, Bebop, Cool.
  2. 1960-1980: Modal, Free jazz, Jazzrock/fusion, ECM, continuation of earlier styles.
  3. 1980-today: Digitalisation of music and music production, advancement of earlier styles, World music, other.

Learning outcome


The candidate:

  • as knowledge about the main development of jazz from 1920 till today 
  • knows examples of music that represents the different directions of history of jazz
  • has knowledge about how jazz-music has developed and been influenced by society
  • has knowledge about how the development of technologies for recording, music production and distribution of music has influenced the history of jazz.


The candidate:

  • an identify and describe the characteristically musical features of different styles of jazz.
  • can, based on musical recordings, recognize a selection of important jazz musicians
  • can analyze and debate different recordings of jazz music
  • can formulate her/his knowledge both oral and written.

Learning methods and activities

Group instruction for 48 lessons, distributed on three courses, 16 lessons each (see "Academic content").

Compulsory assignments

  • Excercises
  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory instruction

Further on evaluation

Each course ends with a course assignment and a test of the students ability for musical analysis. Each of the three course assignments must be passed in order to pass the course The History of Jazz

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Music Performance Studies (BMUSK)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Bachelor's programme in Music Performance Studies.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music Performance Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Work 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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