Summary Project Description
A consortium of four universities from the United States and Brazil proposes to create a program to link music curriculum in jazz/popular music performance and music composition utilizing the unique characteristics and styles of jazz as developed in the US and Brazil and to create an international exchange program of music faculty and undergraduate/graduate students to study at member institutions of the consortium.
Participating consortium universities from the United States include the University of Cincinnati and the University of Louisville. Participants from Brazil include the University of Brasilia and the State University of Campinas (Sao Paolo). Each of the consortium universities has an important record of international activity with the other country in jazz and popular music, including students and faculty from Brazil earning degrees from the US institutions and music faculty members from Louisville and Cincinnati teaching and studying in the host Brazilian institutions.
The project, therefore, builds on existing linkages between the members of the consortium and extends these linkages to make possible more extensive exchanges of faculty and students as part of their academic appointments and curricular programs of study.
The cities of Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky are the locations of the two consortium universities from the United States. The universities are located less than two hours drive time from each other, with easy access by automobile to each. Both cities are served by major airports, making travel and access to each very simple. Further, both institutions have ongoing experience with hosting and participating in international faculty and student exchanges in music.
Curricular products of the consortia may be disseminated through distance education and web-based systems, enabling the learning materials to be used at many universities that offer jazz and popular music courses for graduate and undergraduate students.