Jazz History 4 credits
This course is a general overview of jazz music, its history and various styles. Students will learn what to listen for and essentially how to listen to this music. Academic issues in jazz will be introduced through additional articles. The various styles of jazz will be examined through readings, class discussions and listening. Topics include but are not limited to ragtime, blues, swing, bebop, cool jazz, third stream, bossa nova, fusion and avant-garde. No musical background is necessary for this course.