HIS 135 - Jazz in US History and Culture
This is a course on the evolution of jazz in the context of American history. The course explores how events and trends in American history have created and influenced the development of jazz and its evolution within american culture. The development of jazz from its African roots, through the creation of African American musical forms in the nineteenth century, to the present day will be examined. Various styles and personalities in jazz history will be studied.
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Identify some of the fundamental principles in the study of jazz history.
2. Describe some of the relationships between events and trends in American history and the evolution of jazz.
3. Identify and describe the roots of jazz in African and nineteenth-century African American musical traditions in relation to colonial and nineteenth-century history.
4. Distinguish between different jazz styles and identify important individual personalities in jazz history.
5. Evaluate the relationship of jazz to twentieth-century American history.
6. Creatively discuss the place of jazz in contemporary American culture.
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