Module WXM-2211:
Seven Jazz Women

Module Facts

Run by School of Music and Media

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Jochen Eisentraut

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To offer an introduction to the work of a number of noted female jazz singer-pianists.

  2. To examine their position in relation to the male-dominated world of jazz.

  3. To look at the personal, ethnic and historical backgrounds of the women in relation to their music.

  4. To promote a deeper understanding of some relevant theoretical approaches.

Course content

The module will present seven female jazz vocalists who usually accompany themselves on piano and are noted both for their vocal and piano styles. Highly influential musicians such as Nina Simone and Norah Jones will be supplemented by lesser known but nonetheless important figures such as Shirley Horn and Aziza Mustafa Zadeh. Their work will be examined in the broader context of jazz and popular music studies and theorised with reference to ethnomusicological and feminist critiques.

Assessment Criteria


Work which displays basic, restricted knowledge of the subject, with simple ability at conceptual thought, and a limited awareness of issues, but has some evidence of a generally intellectual approach, with fair expression.


The work should display a sound grasp of the subject, a good level of conceptual thought, awareness of the main issues, with evidence of intellectual acumen and good expression.


Work which displays a thorough grasp of the subject, with evidence of further study, deeper thought, originality of approach and excellent written skills.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the backgrounds and music of the musicians studied.

  2. Demonstrated an understanding of the particular position of these women musicians in the jazz tradition.

  3. Demonstrated a grasp of some relevant ideas from ethnomusicology and feminist theory.

  4. Shown that they have made appropriate progress with respect to both critical writing and oral presentation skills.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Essay 75

Teaching and Learning Strategy


11 lectures of 2 hours' duration each

Private study 78

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • Intellectual skills specific to Music – contextual knowledge, cultural awareness, critical understanding, repertoire knowledge, curiosity, analytical demonstration
  • Intellectual skills shared with other disciplines – research and exploration, reasoning and logic, understanding, critical judgement, assimilation and application
  • Skills of communication and interaction – oral and written communication, public presentation, team-working and collaboration, awareness of professional protocols, sensitivity, ICT skills, etc.
  • Skills of personal management – self-motivation, self-critical awareness, independence, entrepreneurship and employment skills, time management and reliability, organisation, etc.

Courses including this module

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