MUS-3040 Jazz in America

3 credits

Prerequisite: None.

This course combines a look at the historical development of jazz in America (including a stylistic examination of such major figures as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane) with a discussion of various critical issues pertaining to its evolution and how it expresses and illuminates aspects of American history and culture. Students will sharpen their appreciation and understanding of historically important styles of jazz and develop an awareness of how the music and its performers have contributed to and reflected America's ongoing social and cultural development. Meets Part III of the GECC.