MUS 130: Survey of Jazz Styles

Course Description

In this course, students will gain an understanding of how jazz works. Students will learn the distinctions (and similarities) between various sub-categories and chronological periods in jazz. They will also learn the roles of various jazz instruments and how these roles have evolved. Important topics like jazz improvisation, the rhythm section and jazz composition will be explored. Through reading and listening to jazz recordings, students will become familiar with many of the great artists of jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will have a general understanding of the following:

  1. Identify the roles (and the evolution of the roles) of the instruments used in jazz.
  2. Explain the techniques and structures that govern jazz performances.
  3. Discuss the primary characteristics of sub-styles of jazz.
  4. Explain the historical/musical significance and primary contributions of important jazz musicians.
  5. Analyze and compare different recordings of jazz performances.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

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Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions & Cumulative Discussion Replies (Weeks 1-8)

45%

Written Assignments (Weeks 4 & 6)

30%

Final Project (Week 7)

25%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Bierman. Listening to Jazz. Second Edition. Oxford University Press, 2020. ISBN-13: 978-0-19-092590-1

Additional Requirement

  • Admission to one live performance - cost depends on performance chosen (Note: Online option available for students logistically unable to attend a live performance.)

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Reading and Listening Assignments

Assignments

1

1-5

Topics: Jazz Basics, Origins, and Roots

  • Readings and Listenings:
    • Listening to Jazz, Chapters 1-3 (including embedded music and video)
  • Review Course Syllabus
  • Review Course Policies and Course Materials
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review embedded music and video content from text
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Schedule Live Performance viewing

2

1-5

Topics: Chicago, New York, and Kansas City Jazz

  • Readings and Listenings:
    • Listening to Jazz, Chapters 4-6 (including embedded music and video)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review embedded music and video content from text
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Begin research/exploration for Final Project

3

1-5

Topics: Duke Ellington and the Swing Era

  • Readings and Listenings:
    • Listening to Jazz, Chapters 7 and 8 (including embedded music and video)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review embedded music and video content from text
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Initial Final Project Proposal

4

1-5

Topics: Jazz Vocals and Bebop

  • Readings and Listenings:
    • Listening to Jazz, Chapters 9 and 10 (including embedded music and video)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review embedded music and video content from text
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Critical Essay on a Musician

5

1-5

Topics: Jazz in the ‘50s and ‘60s: Cool Jazz, Hard Bop, Avant-Garde and More

  • Readings and Listenings:
    • Listening to Jazz, Chapters 11 and 12 (including embedded music and video)

 

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review embedded music and video content from text
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Refined Final Project Proposal

6

1-5

Topic: Postmodern Developments

  • Readings and Listenings:
    • Listening to Jazz, Chapter 13 (including embedded music and video)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review embedded music and video content from text
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Live Performance Review

7

1-5

Topics: Fusion, Neo-Traditionalism, and Other Contemporary Movements

  • Readings and Listenings:
    • Listening to Jazz, Chapter 14 (including embedded music and video)

 

  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review embedded music and video content from text
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit Final Project
8

1-5

Topic: Jazz Today

  • Readings and Listenings:
    • Listening to Jazz, Chapter 15 (including embedded music and video)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review embedded music and video content from text
  • Review Lecture
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Complete Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

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