MUS 205 : Introduction to Jazz History

Covers the 90-year history of jazz, a truly American art form. Examines and analyzes eras, styles, and significant artists.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Understand that the study of jazz involves an analysis of what motivates humans to create and how their creations reflect their values and world views
  • Experience jazz music “dynamically,” that is, to appreciate simultaneously the uniqueness of a work, its origins and precedent, its potential as an inspiration and influence on later music and its relationship to a particular cultural moment
  • Critically examine the impact of jazz on social interaction so as to encourage sensitivity and empathy toward people with different values or beliefs.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT-B, Arts and Letters/AS.

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