Course: MUS 603J. Seminar in Jazz History and Cultures (3)
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of the Graduate Entrance Exam in Jazz History. Normally MUS 601 is prerequisite to the MUS 603 series; it may be taken concurrently with MUS 603D or MUS 603E. Recommended Preparatory: An undergraduate course in Jazz History or Introduction to Jazz. This course surveys the origins, stylistic development, historical context and cultural impact of music that has been labeled jazz. Students will gain perspective on the complex interaction of musical cultures in jazz and how it shaped notions of individual, ethnic, and national identity. This course also explores the ways in which critics, scholars, musicians, and audiences have understood and reacted to this genre throughout history and today.