MUSC106 History of Jazz

Department of The Arts: Music

I. Course Number and Title
MUSC106 History of Jazz
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course fulfills the Cultural Perspectives requirement of Category I: Essential Skills and Perspectives. (C or better)
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course surveys the development of jazz from its origins to the present time, investigates representative composers, and examines the musical characteristics, compositional practices, and instrumental/vocal techniques associated with ragtime, blues, bebop, swing, progressive, and other styles.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course Learning Goals

    2. Students will be able to
      1. demonstrate familiarity with the historical development of jazz;
      2. demonstrate familiarity with the lives, works, and stylistic influences of representative jazz composers; and
      3. define, examine, and recognize representative jazz styles.

    3. Core Learning Goals

    4. Category I: Cultural Perspectives
      Learning Goals

      Students will be able to
      1. compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices. (1, 2)
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Examination of the development of jazz in an historical context.
    2. General survey of representative jazz composers in terms of their lives, compositions, and influences on relevant jazz styles and their subsequent developments.
    3. Study of representative jazz styles (such as ragtime, blues, bebop, swing, progressive, etc. and their associated characteristics, compositional practices, and instrumental/vocal techniques.
    4. Examination of the jazz traditions of the Euro-American, Afro-American, and Latin-American cultures.
    5. Attendance at a live jazz event or concert.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
    2. Students will satisfy the Course Learning Goals by participation and discussion, and by performance on quizzes and tests.

    3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals

    4. Students will satisfy the Core Learning Goal of Cultural Perspectives by completing an analysis paper that critically examines two jazz styles from diverse cultures to be selected from the following: Euro-American, Afro-American, or Latin-American.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    A departmentally selected textbook is required for this course. (See course format.)
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Teaching methods employed may include, but are not limited to, specific topics, projects, assignments, approaches, time frames, A-V, etc.

Critical Listening
Demonstration and live performance
Reading assignments
Homework assignments
Analysis term paper
Quizzes and exams

Review/Approval Date - 4/08