Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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

Description of Course:

The purpose of this class will be twofold:
--To study the history of jazz music, with a focus on modern jazz, and those developments which occurred since the bebop era.
--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.

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes

Students will examine the developments in modern jazz music since the bebop era of the early 1940's.

Students will identify recordings of jazz artists thru aural examinations.

Students will compare and contrast styles of individual jazz musicians and various periods in jazz.

Students will observe and evaluate professional jazz performances.

Required Texts:

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 America's Music - 5 audio CD Set and booklet (optional)

Additional musical samples will be made available in the library or via web page link.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


© The University of Texas at Dallas School of Arts and Humanities.
No part of this website can be copied or reproduced without permisssion.