Foundations of Jazz Music

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Course Code: 
MUS 2117
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Academic Programs: 
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

The course examines jazz origins, its early developments, and instrumentation. In addition, early composers of jazz, their works, and recordings, are studied and analyzed.  Special attention is given to listening techniques, and defining (the four views of jazz) what jazz is; improvisation, swing feeling, blues, ragtime, and dance music. It will examinethe historical and socio-economic factors in the development of jazz. The course includes a stylistic analysis of jazz and its musical elements as a basis for acquiring compositional techniques in jazz music                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Objectives: 

  • To introduce jazz music and its history, style, form and different sub-genres
  • To acquaint students with the terminologies used in reference to jazz music
  • To develop an appreciation for jazz music


Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstration of the knowledge of jazz history, style form, and terminology
  • Demonstration of the appreciation of jazz music
  • Ability to identify the different genres of jazz music and the outstanding musicians
  • Ability to analyze the main elements of jazz music


Foundations of Jazz Music
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