Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies
The Arts: Jazz
This course fosters familiarity with the character, methods, objectives, major stylists, and cultural significance of jazz music as well as enhances the student's listening abilities and critical thinking skills. Renowned instrumentalists provide in-class demonstration. The course includes directed listening and viewing of jazz videos and attendance at jazz performances. Readings of current criticism and past reportage inform seminar-style classroom discussions of the aesthetic, musicological, socioeconomic, and political implications of jazz as well as the history and development of America's indigenous modern art form. No previous experience with jazz is necessary, though students with advanced knowledge are also encouraged to register.