Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

MUS 134: Jazz Appreciation

General Information

  • Name: Jazz Appreciation
  • Discipline: Music (MUS)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Covers how jazz music's evolution as an art form unique to the United States has both shaped and reflected the construction of our national identity. Teaches how social and cultural events led to the development of jazz music from 1890 through the 1960's. Prominent players and groups of each era will be covered, as well as sociological, economic and cultural factors that shaped the many styles of American Jazz as evolved.

II: Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to with an accuracy of 75%:

  • List in chronological order the prominent eras and trends of Jazz music and identify the names and contributions of key Jazz music personalities.
  • Describe the emergence of Jazz music from its beginnings as "Ragtime"then "Swing" tthen to "Be-Bop" to the present day "Smooth Jazz."
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify individual Jazz music styles, distinguish among the styles of Jazz in terms of music theory and conception.
  • Discuss relationships between Jazz and historical, social and economic factors of each era.
  • Describe and evaluate the role society plays in influencing the evolution of Jazz.
  • Describe technological advances from the early phonographs to modern multitrack recording.
  • Understand the profound impact this music has had throughout the United States and the world.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

This course fulfills the Student Learning Objectives of ensuring that students:

  • Know the subject matter to a level that is appropriate for a musical theater degree
  • Can succeed at their transfer institutions
  • Posses an understanding of the importance of cultural traditions, diversity, and ethics in the modern world
  • Obtain a working knowledge of the fine arts or performing arts.
  • Develop their personal creative capabilities
  • Appreciate the unique role that the fine arts and humanities have in the development of cultural values
  • Desire to participate in cultural or artistic events


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