Course Details

MUSIC-106, History of Jazz

Credits: 3

Course Description

MUSIC-106, History of Jazz, surveys the influences, origin, and styles of this unique art form, identifying stylistic developments, performing artists, and ensembles. Students study the political and social impact of this musical style on specific ethnic groups as well as the part it played in certain world and national events. Prerequisite: ENG-097 and READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION. Offered Spring and Fall terms.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Define the elements of music and how they work together (GE 1, GE 2, PG 3) 

2. Define the elements of jazz and trace their development/presence from origins of jazz to the present day. (GE 1, GE 2, GE 6) 

3. Describe jazz and jazz-related music of various styles including Ragtime, Blues, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Bebop, Post-Bop, Third Stream, Free Fusion, and Postmodern (GE 1, GE 2, GE 6) 

4. Identify by title selected excerpts from major works. (GE 2, GE 5, GE 6) 

5. Identify major changes in musical styles, players lives and political and social forces that affected the development of the music (GE 2, GE 5, GE 6) 

6. Apply the skills for musical analysis developed in this class to a piece of popular music. (GE 1, GE 3, GE 5, PG 3) 

7. Analyze music through listening to live and recorded performances (GE 1, GE 2, GE 6, PG 2)

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