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Introduction to Jazz History

MUSC - 185

Credits: 3

Catalog Year: 2017

This course which requires no prior musical training, is a survey of jazz music from its origins to the present. It emphasizes the cultural, social, economic, political, technological, and historical influences on the birth and development of jazz music and vice versa. It focuses on musicians who have led in shaping the musical, cultural, social, and political significance of jazz. In additon to fundamental aspects of the music (melody, rhythm, harmony, improvisation, form, style, aesthetics, and dance), the course helps students develop the critical listening skills needed to listen to it intelligently, resulting in heightened understanding and enjoyment.