MUS 152 A Composer's History of Jazz (D) (W)

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as AFR152
This course will provide a chronological survey of jazz composers, beginning with the pre-jazz era and continuing through the present day. Students will be required to do assigned listening and read related criticism and biographical material. In addition, students will write several responsive papers summarizing these listening and reading experiences. Each student will also write a biographical paper about a composer (or composer/arranger) of her choice, and participate in a collaborative presentation at the end of the semester on a composition or set of compositions from a list of possibilities provided by the instructor. Midterm and final examinations will focus on analytical aural skills developed during the semester, both in terms of formal analysis and composer identification. Composers whose work will be covered will include: Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton, George Gershwin, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Benny Carter, Ernie Wilkins, Quincy Jones, Gil Evans, Frank Foster, John Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Oliver Nelson, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Eddie Palmieri, Thad Jones, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Yusef Lateef, Bill Evans, Maria Schneider, Billy Childs, and others. This course will be writing intensive. As an EDI offering, the course materials will be designed not only to expose the student to the music, but also to provide an examination of the relationship between jazz composers and the historical and cultural worlds in which they created their Art. Readings will include the perspective of musicians, audiences and critics, as well as an examination of who they were and what agendas and prevailing societal attitudes may have shaped their reactions to the music. Comparisons between the experiences of composers and their listeners in different eras will provide additional perspective.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: short response papers based on reading and listening; midterm and final exams; and a research paper on the career of a composer of the student's choice
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Music Majors and then Jazz Ensemble members
Department Notes: MUS Group A Electives--class of 2016
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under MUS; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR
Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: MUS Group A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1557
MUS 152 LEC A Composer's History of Jazz (D) (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Andrew W. Jaffe
MUS 152 LEC A Composer's History of Jazz (D) (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Andrew W. Jaffe
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