Music 212: Syllabus
|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
201 Old Cabell
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
Required at Follett's or Newcomb Hall Bookstore:
- The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, revised ed.
(a recorded anthology, available on cassette or CD)
- James McCalla: Jazz: A Listener's Guide, 2nd ed.
- Recommended (i.e., optional): DeVeaux, The Birth of Bebop
Required at Brillig Books (7 Elliewood Ave.):
- xeroxed packet (readings)
The required reading and listening for the course is divided
up into weekly assignments. The reading will be drawn from the
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
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.
- MIDTERM I: Thurs., 25 February, 20% of grade
- MIDTERM II: Thurs., 8 April, 30% of grade
- FINAL: Fri, May 14, 2 p.m., 45% of grade
- 5% of grade
- report #1: due Friday, 26 February
- report #2 (and extra credit report): due Tuesday, May 4
- Week of Jan. 25: Instruments, Rhythm
- Week of Feb. 1: Melody, Texture.
- Drop deadline: 3 Feb. Add deadline: 5 Feb.
- Week of Feb. 8: Form, Improvisation
- Week of Feb. 15: Form, Improvisation (cont.).
- Week of Feb. 15: Historical background (1900-1920)
- Week of Feb. 22: Jazz in the 1920s: New Orleans style.
- MIDTERM I: 25 Feb. (ass'ts 1-3)
- Week of Mar. 1: Jazz in the 1920s, cont.: Louis Armstrong
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- Week of Mar. 8: Jazz in the 1930s: the Swing Era. Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Ellington
- Week of March 15: No classes (Spring Break)
- NOTE: Withdraw deadline: 17 March
- Week of Mar. 22: Jazz in the 1930s, cont.. Count Basie; soloists and vocalists.
- Week of Mar. 29: Jazz in the 1940s. Bebop. Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie.
- Week of April 5: Thelonious Monk. Jazz in the 1950s. Cool jazz.
- MIDTERM II: 8 April (asst's 1-8)
- Week of April 12: Jazz in the 1950s, cont. Hard bop, Miles Davis.
- Week of April 19: John Coltrane. Charles Mingus.
- Week of April 26: Jazz 1960-present. Ornette Coleman and the avant garde. Miles Davis (1960s)
- Week of May 3: Fusion (1970-present). Wynton Marsalis (1980-present). Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock.
- FINAL: Friday, 14 May, 2 p.m. (ass'ts 1-12)
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