Mar 02, 2021  
2019-2020 Shepherd University Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Shepherd University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MUSC 540 - Jazz History and Pedagogy

(3 cr) The course will be divided into separate segments reflective of the course title. Pedagogical techniques pursuant to the Jazz idiom will be examined and evaluated. This will be accomplished through the research of current pedagogical practices in Jazz education, a survey of improvisational pedagogy, score preparation, and the examination of specifically designated literature from the Jazz repertoire. Concomitant to this, the course will also include a detailed survey of the history of Jazz, from its origins as a folk and popular idiom, through its development as a vernacular music, to its evolution as art music. This survey will be principally a history of stylistic development, rather than a series of biographies and analogies that are so endemic to most historical treatment of the subject. Aspects of Jazz theory will be presented as well, especially techniques that foster the development of structural improvisation in the student Jazz ensemble.



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