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Spring 2018-2019
* MUS 262 / AAS 262 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Jazz History: Many Sounds, Many Voices

Matthew D. Clayton
Sarah Town

This course will examine the musical, historical, and cultural aspects of jazz throughout its entire history, looking at the 20th century as the breeding ground for jazz in America and beyond. During this more than one hundred year period, jazz morphed and fractured into many different styles and voices, all of which will be considered. In addition to the readings, the course will place an emphasis on listening to jazz recordings, and developing an analytical language to understand these recordings. A central goal is to understand where jazz was, is, and will be in the future, examining the musicians and the music that has kept jazz alive.

Sample reading list:
John Szwed, Jazz 101
Ingrid Monson, Saying Something
Scott DeVeaux and Gary Giddins, Jazz
LeRoi Jones, Blues People
Gunther Schuller, Early Jazz
Paul Berliner, Thinking in Jazz

Reading/Writing assignments:
The study of jazz history is accomplished by the student through weekly listening and reading assignments. There will be an emphasis placed on writing papers to show the student's comprehension of the listening and reading material. There will be a midterm paper and a final paper, both of which will showcase the students' interest in and understanding of a given artist and/or era of jazz.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Quizzes - 15%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
Course is open to first-year students.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40696 C01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W   Woolworth Music Center   102   Enrolled:66 Limit:76