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. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course meets the General Education requirement for Arts/Humanities.
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. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate familiarity with the historical development of jazz [Arts/Humanities];
    2. demonstrate familiarity with the lives, works, and stylistic influences of representative jazz composers [Arts/Humanities]; and
    3. define, examine, and recognize representative jazz styles [Arts/Humanities].
  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 Course Learning Goals

    Students will satisfy the Course Learning Goals by participation and discussion, and by performance on quizzes and tests. Students will also complete an analysis paper that critically examines two diverse jazz styles.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    A departmentally-selected textbook is required for this course. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 4/08; New Core 8/2015