History of Jazz

This course explores the origins and historical development of African-American music, both sacred and secular. It traces the stylistic and social evolution of jazz and pre-jazz styles through the music of seminal artists and ensembles that shaped and transformed this uniquely American music. Through a variety of media, students are encouraged to use the appropriate terminology to discuss and analyze the similarities and differences between musical instruments, different performances, styles, and rhythms.

Credits: 3 Cr.