MUS 130 History of Jazz (Not offered 2004-2005)*

This course surveys the history of jazz from its origins to the present. Emphasis is on the relationship between music and the social experience of African Americans, the aesthetics of jazz, and the on-going relationship between jazz and the music of Africa and the African diaspora. No prior musical experience required, but students without musical backgrounds must learn a vocabulary of terms for describing musical sound. There will be an emphasis on listening.