Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Durbin, Kelly
Discipline and Number
MUSI 3325 Section 001
MW Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title
Jazz History: Bop Through Jazz

Description of Course:

The purpose of this class will be twofold:

1. To study the history of jazz music, with a focus on modern jazz, and those developments which occurred since the bebop era.
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 since the bebop era. Some of the key players during the modern 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 Texts:

Required Textbooks and Materials:

Text required: Jazz (College Edition) by Scott DeVeaux, Gary Giddins (ISBN 978-0-393-97880-3)

Also Required: Recordings: for Jazz by Scott DeVeaux, Gary Giddins (ISBN 978-0-393-93379-6)

Suggested Course Materials: Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of Americaʼs Music - 5 audio CD Set and booklet (optional)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Class meetings will consist of lecture presentations, listening to and discussing jazz recordings, as well as viewing historical videos of jazz musicians. Students will be required to attend 3 jazz concerts that are presented on campus and write short reviews on them. There will also be three tests that will consist of questions based on material from the text, lectures, and videos, as well as listening identification.

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