M 3116 MUSIC IN AMERICA

JAZZ

SYLLABUS

PROFESSOR RICHARD COLE

242 E SQUIRES; PHONE 231-6116

PLEASE DO NOT CALL ME AT HOME

e-mail: richard.cole@vt.edu

http://www.music.vt.edu/faculty/cole/MusAmJazz.html

OFFICE HOURS

Daily 2 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. or by appointment.

STUDENTS REQUIRING SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS MUST SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH PROFESSOR COLE

AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

TEXT AND RELATED MATERIALS

Required

 

 

You must also have an iclicker as all quizzes will be scored this way.

Suggested supplementary Recordings (but not required) These are not available in the Bookstore but may be available from Amazon.

 

UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE WEBSITE

TESTS

 

If it is in the text, if it is discussed in class, if it is part of your assignment, it will be on the test.

Please plan on taking the tests when they are scheduled.

GRADES

A = 90-100; B+ = 86-89.99; B = 80-85.99; C+ = 76-79.99; C = 70-75.99; D+ = 66-69.99; D = 60-65.99; F = 0-59

SEMESTER GOALS

1. To recognize standard Jazz literature presented in the listening anthology and in class.

2. To recognize the standard Jazz instruments by sight and sound.

3. To pronounce the names of the composers and performers presented in the text and in class.

4. To pronounce and define the terms as presented in class.

5. To place the composers, performers and compositions presented in class in the correct style period.

6. An understanding of the historical times and circumstances under which the composers/performers worked.

COURSE PURPOSE

Music in America "Jazz" is designed to acquaint students with basic Jazz. In the process of achieving this result, selected goals of Areas 2 and 6 of the University Core Curriculum will be addressed. Please refer to the booklet: University Core Curriculum / A Guide for Students / 1996-97 for a complete list of these goals.

Area 2 Goals

Goal # 1

"Examine some of the formative ideas and cultural traditions that have shaped Western experience."

Western traditions, such as music notation, formal concerts, composition and advanced study will be studied to determine what sets Western music apart from other traditions.

Goal # 2

"Study classic and contemporary texts that have influenced or exemplified currents in Western thought and imagination."

An examination of Jazz from the various style periods illustrates how this art form has developed along the lines of Western thought and imagination.

Goal # 3

"Gain an understanding of some aspects of human achievement and experience that have been persistently overlooked in mainstream Western culture, including those of women, minorities, and non-Western peoples."

A substantial percentage of creative works under consideration in this course are those created by women and minorities.

Goal # 4

"Analyze creative works of various mediums both in the arts and technology from the viewpoints of cultural meanings and influence."

The creative works addressed in class will be studied in detail.

Goal # 6

"Consider the contributions of philosophical, ethical, or religious systems to human life"

Under consideration are various vocal and instrumental works as well as works directly influenced by philosophies.

Goal # 9

"Study the life, thought, and creative activity of men and women of achievement in various fields of human endeavor."

As part of the examination of the great works of Jazz, a brief look at the lives and creative process of the composers is included. Here one can observe how various cultural influences have been at work shaping the creative output of the great minds of Western culture.

Area 6 Goals

Goal # 1

"Participate in cultural events and activities on campus, in both popular and classical arts"

While not required, attendance at Jazz events is strongly encouraged to reinforce the knowledge gained in class.

Goal # 2

"Understand how the artists or designers who produce these events and works have shaped their ideas"

What is in the mind of the performer or creator? Why are various tempi chosen? Why does the band sit in this pattern? These and other questions will be answered.

Goal # 4

"Explore the interaction of art and society, including the contributions of diverse groups to cultural life, such as women and members of minority groups".

The making of the "Fortune 500", Blacksburg's "Steppin' Out" festival, and various summer arts festivals are examined to illustrate the interaction of art and society.

Goal # 5

"Study selected works of fine and applied arts"

This course will define fine and applied arts and take a close-up look at many creative works.

Each test will devote several questions to the criteria stated above to assess the student's understanding.

  "You are a subscriber to an opportunity to learn, to learn to think, to learn to learn, and to stretch the limits of your capacity to work."

The Professor reserves the right to make minor alterations in the syllabus and assignments as necessary.