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MU 005 OL2 – D1: Intro.

to Jazz History – Summer 2014 Instructor: Clyde Stats Phone: 238-1730 (cell) Email: clyde.stats@jsc.edu Dates: May 19 – June 13 Course Description This course combines a look at the historical development of jazz in America (including a stylistic examination of such major figures as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane) with a discussion of various critical issues pertaining to its evolution and how it expresses and illuminates aspects of American history and culture. Through reading, directed listening, asynchronous discussion, and practical assignments, students will sharpen their appreciation and understanding of historically important styles of jazz and develop an awareness of how the music and its performers have contributed to and reflected America's on-going social and cultural development. The ability to read music is not required; however, students should have some prior experience with music such as coursework, lessons, or the ability to play an instrument. Course Objectives To gain an overview of jazz history and stylistic development through an examination of major innovators To sharpen critical listening skills To gain an understanding of several important 20th. century socio-culturalhistorical movements (the Jazz Age, the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression, the civil rights movement, 50’s Beat/hipster philosophy, 60’s social movements, etc.) and how jazz has impacted them. To examine the issue of race in America, especially as expressed in the history and development of jazz. Required Texts/Materials Martin, Henry and Waters, Keith..Essential Jazz: The First 100 Years. (2nd. Ed.) Belmont,CA: Wadsworth/Thompson Learning, 2008. Walser, Robert (ed.). Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History. New York, N.Y.: Oxford U. Press,1999.

Grading Midterm Exam Final Exam Discussion & Listening Assignments 25% 25% 50%

Attendance Attendance in an online course is determined by participation in the Discussion Board. If you don't participate in the discussion, you haven't attended. Anyone who does not participate in the discussion for one week will be asked to withdraw !!! Specific guidelines and due dates will be posted. Participation in the online discussion is a vital component of this course, and will account for 35% of your grade. All work must be turned in on time. Grades for late midterms, finals, essays/concert reviews will be reduced according to the following schedule: 1-3 days late - one half letter grade (A to A-); 4-7 days late - one full letter grade (A to B); more than 7 days late - F. MU 005 OL2 - Intro. to Jazz History – Summer ‘14 – Tentative Schedule
Week Date Topic Elements of Jazz Roots of Jazz Early Jazz Swing I Reading Assignment Martin: 1-16 Martin: 17-41; Walser: 3-7, 12-22, 32-36 Martin: 42-70, 75-77; Walser: 16-22, 60-69, 77-80 Martin: 77-78, 87-93, 70-71, 79-85, 107-112, 102107; Walser: 55-57, 82-86, 101-110 Martin: 95-107, 112-116, 122-125; Walser: 111120, 132-134 Martin: 128-151; Walser: 151-155, 171-179 Walser: 155-171, 179-191

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5/19-25

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5/26-6/1

Swing II

Bebop I Bebop II Midterm Exam 1950’s I

Martin: 152-161, 163-174, 181; Walser: 223-234, 240-249 Martin: 174-180 Martin: 184-188; Walser: 253-261, 288-293, 297301 Martin: 206-208, 188-195; Walser: 268-270 Martin: 221-220, 232-241; Walser: 365-376 Martin: 242-273; Walser: 327-332, 334-339

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6/2-8

1950’s II 1960’s I

1960’s II Electric Jazz

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6/9-13

Contemporary Jazz

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