Literature, History and Analysis
A survey of music in the jazz idiom from its origin to the present. Chronological examination of the principal musicians and composers. Analysis of the more influential soloists, groups, and composers through the use of tapes and films. Students will develop a knowledge of the periods, styles, and forms of this music, and will have access to extensive research materials outside of the classroom.
An in-depth look at some of rock's most influential guitar players. The importance of their contributions and innovations will be discussed through the use of videos, transcriptions, and recordings, along with instructor's demonstrations. Some of the players to be discussed are Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Steve Lukather. Students will receive transcriptions as well as a clear understanding of the development of rock guitar playing.
An examination of women's contributions to jazz and classical music in 20th-century America and the factors that influenced their careers. Students will study individual performers, composers, and all-women groups using audio and visual resources and critically evaluate the sociopolitical factors that affected their careers through lecture, discussion, and research.
A course tracing the development of the music of Miles Davis. Examination and discussion of the evolution of his playing and writing styles. Concentration on the listening and analysis of improvised solos, tunes, forms, harmonic practice, and his influence on other performers.