Loise Billaud


MUS 225-35 The History of Jazz (Online Course)

Many of us spend our life listening to music, whether aware or unaware. Music surrounds us, fills the airwaves and influences us in so many ways. Some of us have listened attentively to jazz, while others have heard it as background music in perhaps a restaurant or on the radio. What is jazz? Where does jazz come from? Why does it sound the way it does? How has jazz evolved over the years? 

This class provides an overall understanding of jazz, its history, and evolution.  While this class will not help you become a jazz musician or even write jazz, it will give you the background to truly appreciate it when you hear it, perhaps in an out-of-the-way venue where you pop in and hear live musicians, or as far away as Paris, where jazz abounds around the artist quarters near Montmartre.  You will have the chance to learn about 150 of the great jazz artists and be exposed to over 200 jazz works.  This course will provide a greater appreciation for and understanding of this improvisational music born out of an African-American musical heritage blended with European American traditions.

Come and share this American heritage and discover how our past has influenced not only America’s musical world, but has given the rest of the world a unique form of musical expression.

Course Materials

To be purchased at the College Bookstore:
OnMusic Jazz for Blackboard

OnMusic Jazz

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Getting Started

Register your OnMusic Jazz for Blackboard at the following site: http://www.connect4education.com/bb/

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