The History of Jazz
The most fascinating thing about jazz is its vitality. Jazz remains today what it has been since its inception: an art form of intense personal expression in the context of collaborative improvisation. This course is a social and stylistic investigation of the history of jazz, from its African American origins up to the present. Progressing chronologically, students will use a variety of sources to investigate the development and influence of the main jazz styles and musicians upon the jazz scene. This course is the same as MUSC 302D. This course must be taken as MUSC 302D to count toward the fine arts requirement. Prerequisite: MUSC 101 or placement by exam. Offered every other year.