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Introduction to the Music of John Coltrane
/ MUS 252
This course offers the serious music student an opportunity to study the unique body of work produced by saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (1926-1967). The course traces the evolution of Coltrane’s compositional and performance styles in the context of the musical and cultural environment in which they developed. Emphasis placed on Coltrane’s musical style, representing a unique synthesis of influences, including jazz, world, and European Classical music and spirituality. Substantial listening and reading assignments, including a biography and related criticism, as well as detailed score analysis and study, are required.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
in-class participation including small quizzes, midterm, class presentation, and final paper
MUS 103 and/or 203 strongly recommended; musical literacy sufficient to deal with the material and /or permission of instructor
musically literate students and Music majors
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST Arts in Context Electives