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MUS347 Syllabus

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Page 1 Syllabus: MUS 347 Jazz In America - Online (Class #12965) – SPRING 2010 INSTRUCTOR Dr. Mark Sunkett Class E-mail: [email protected] Class Web address: http://herbergeronline.asu.edu/jazz COURSE DESCRIPTION: Throughout the semester we will examine the history of a true American art form, Jazz. Although this history is clearly under way shortly after the turn of the century, there are events that lead to the creation of this music which also deserve consideration. It is important to understand jazz as a music style. The first quarter of the course is designed to provide this basic understanding through the terminology used by jazz musicians and patrons. This is the core of the art form. The next two segments present the chronological development of each instrument in the rhythm section, jazz vocal styling and other prominent lead instrument, along with the prominent performers and trend-setters in each category. After the student is familiar with the music, musicians and their history , we will look at the social and cultural environment in which this music has existed for more than one hundred years. We will examine the reasons for its rise and decline in each jazz era, and the conditions within the culture that initiated or supported these changes. REQUIRED: Access to a high-speed Internet connection is required to take this course. There will be several video clips and a few video presentations lasting 30 to 40 minutes. The examinations will include audio and still images. Adequate bandwidth is essential. GRADING: The final grade will be based on an accumulated score of 100 points. There will be four (4) exams during the semester. These exams will be equal in value. See calendar for dates. There will be 50 questions on each test. Each question is worth 2 points. You have 50 minutes to complete each exam. Exceeding this time will result in the loss of points. All 4 test scores will be added together and divided by four (4) and your average test score calculated. The student also has the option to make five (5) substantive postings to the class discussion board during the semester. The discussion questions will be related to video
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