Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
The purpose of this class will be twofold:
1. To study the history of jazz music, with a focus on early jazz, and those developments which occurred prior to bebop.
2. To gain an understanding and appreciation of jazz and jazz improvisation by becoming better jazz listeners.
Some of the topics covered in the class will include:
• Jazz music and jazz musicians in an historical context prior to the bebop era.
• Some of the key players during the early jazz years, and elements of each player’s unique style.
• Listening to and identifying elements of jazz, such as improvisation, song forms, instruments and instrumental techniques, swing feeling, and different jazz styles.
Required Textbooks and Materials
Text required: Jazz, The First 100 Years, 2nd edition by Martin and Waters (ISBN 0-534-62804-4 book and Jazz Audio Primer CD)
Also Required: 2 audio cds to accompany Jazz, The First 100 Years, 2nd edition (ISBN 0-534-62806-0 two audio cd’s)
Additional requirement: Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America’s Music - 5 audio CD Set and booklet
Suggested Course Materials
Additional musical samples will be made available in the library or via web page link.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria: