Days and Times: T and TR from 12:20 to 2:40 PM in Music Building, room 112
Office Hours: M, W, F from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM and T, TH from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. I am also available for appointments outside of these times if need be. Contact me by phone or email to request an appointment.
Course Description: Appreciation of Jazz (Music 105) will introduce students to the many musical characteristics, techniques, styles, terms, and methods found in the jazz tradition. This course will focus on the study of African and African-American folk origins through blues, early jazz, the swing era, bebop, cool, avant-garde jazz, jazz-rock fusion and new creative music. In addition to musical issues, we will examine critical issues related to the social and cultural history of African-Americans (Slavery, African Diaspora, the World Wars, the Civil Rights Movement, etc.) and how that history influenced the creation of the music. Ultimately, the class will attempt to align those social and historical issues with the corresponding musical developments within jazz.
Learning Goals: Upon completion of Music 105 students will be able to define important musical elements and techniques such as melody, harmony, rhythm, form, improvisation, swing, call-and-response, etc., and how they are used in the many sub-styles within jazz.
Students will be able to identify artists and compare and contrast important compositions from the various historical periods within jazz; identify the impact of the African-American experience on the expressive characteristics of jazz, and trace the evolution of jazz in relation to the important historical events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Textbook Information: Jazz - The First 100 Years, 3rd Edition. Henry Martin and Keith Waters. Schirmer, 2011
Course Audio/Video Media: Students are required the access roughly 50 tracks of music for this class. A playlist created in iTunes can be accessed here:
iTunes Playlist for Music 105
There are a handful of really important tunes that can not be purchased individually on iTunes - so here are streaming versions of those tunes:
Misterioso (Thelonious Monk)
In Walked Bud (Thelonious Monk)
Haitian Fight Song (Charles Mingus)
Maiden Voyage (Herbie Hancock)
In A Silent Way/It’s About that Time (Miles Davis)
Chameleon (Herbie Hancock)
Angola, LA and the 13th Amendment (Christian Scott)
While much of this music may be acquired by other means (e.g. CDs, Amazon, Rhapsody, Spotify, YouTube), students are expected to study (and will be tested on) the full versions of each song on this playlist (plus the seven tunes listed above).