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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
American Jazz and Popular Music
Course: MHL145

First Term: 2001 Fall
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: The study of cultural and social contributions to the evolution of American jazz and popular music from the mid-1800s to present

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. List and identify by sound instruments used in jazz. (I)
2. Describe typical rhythms and meters used in jazz. (I)
3. Identify a twelve-bar blues structure. (II)
4. Define improvisation and explain its role in jazz. (III)
5. Identify the scored big band sound. (III)
6. List influential jazz musicians and their contributions. (IV)
7. List major jazz periods in chronological order. (V)
8. Describe stylistic characteristics of each major jazz style. (V)
9. Describe social, economic, political, and cultural diversities and their influence on each new style during the evolution of jazz music. (V)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Instruments of the Jazz Band
   A. Brass
   B. Woodwinds
   C. Rhythm section
II. Blues, Song Structure
   A. Twelve-bar format
III. Improvisation Versus Scored Music
IV. Important Jazz Musicians
   A. Louis Armstrong
   B. Duke Ellington
   C. Charlie Parker
   D. Cannonball Adderly
V. Jazz Styles and Their Historical Importance
   A. Early New Orleans
   B. Blues
   C. Dixieland
   D. Swing
   E. Bop
   F. Fusion
   G. Third Stream
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 4/27/1999

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