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AFR 242
Introduction to the Music of John Coltrane Fall 2019
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 242 / MUS 252

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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.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1878
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: in-class participation including small quizzes, midterm, class presentation, and final paper
Prerequisites: MUS 103 and/or 203 strongly recommended; musical literacy sufficient to deal with the material and /or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: musically literate students and Music majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 242 Division II MUS 252 Division I
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives

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