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Music (MUSIC)

MUSIC 007 (GA;US) Evolution of Jazz (3) Study of the origins and development of jazz as an art form.

MUSIC 007 Evolution of Jazz (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Evolution of Jazz is a course designed to examine the historical and sociological of the American art form - jazz. This general education course is for non-majors. The material covered in this course begins with the precursors to jazz emphasizes the African musical traditions and white American (initially European) influences that have shaped jazz as an American art form. This is followed by period studies of the various jazz styles: New Orleans Dixie, Chicago Style Dixieland, Swing, Be-Bop, Cool, Hard Bop, Free Jazz, Fusion Jazz, Neo Bop, Latin Jazz, and New Age. The various jazz styles are examined from musical, sociological and economical perspectives. The major innovators and performers are identified and studied. As new styles are presented, a careful comparison to the previous style is done to help with classification. The primary objectives of the course are to create a greater appreciation for jazz music by providing knowledge about the intercultural development of jazz in America, by developing critical listening skills, and exposing students to the music representing various eras and performers of this music. A major component of the course is listening. Early in the course listening skills are taught. Students learn how to recognize certain instruments, hear the various sections within a group, and identify forms. Several written reviews of recorded and live jazz performances are required. Listening is also a part of each examination. This course is offered each fall, spring, and summer (one section each session) with an average enrollment of 40 each session.

General Education: GA
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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