Music 212: Syllabus
Spring 1999

MUSIC 212: History of Jazz Music
Spring 1999, schedule #13726
T Tu 12:30-1:45
101 OCH (Old Cabell Auditorium)
Prof. Peter Spaar
Off hrs: Monday 2-3
Friday 1-2
201 Old Cabell

General Outline:

The first part of the class consists of a Listening Orientation in which basic musical concepts, as well as the special listening skills needed for the study and appreciation of jazz, will be explained and discussed.

The remainder of the course is a historical survey, proceeding chronologically from the origins of jazz at the beginning of the century to the present. Emphasis will be placed on important performers (and associated stylistic schools) and their musical achievements. Social and cultural issues will be discussed wherever relevant.

This course assumes no previous musical knowledge or experience.


Required at Follett's or Newcomb Hall Bookstore:
Required at Brillig Books (7 Elliewood Ave.):

Weekly Assignments:

The required reading and listening for the course is divided up into weekly assignments. The reading will be drawn from the required texts. The listening assignments will be made from the required anthology of recordings and from tapes on reserve in the Music Library and available on the web. You should do the work by or during the week indicated on the assignment.


A significant amount of the course material will be covered only in the classroom. You are responsible for obtaining this material through regular classroom attendance. The instructor reserves the right to consider attendance as a factor in the final grading.


The course may be taken for a grade or for CR/NC. The deadline to choose the grading option is Feb. 5. A grade of "D" or better is required for Credit under the CR/NC option.

Course Requirements:


Concert Reports

Course Outline:

Listening Orientation:

Historical Survey: