Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2024

MUSI 161   History of Jazz (H&A)
Core Area
Area of InquiryHuman Thought and Expression
Liberal Arts PracticesArtistic Prac & Interpretation The Process of Writing

A study of jazz from its roots in 19th-century Black American music to the present, through readings, intensive study of recordings, and class lectures. Students are introduced to the major style periods of jazz including swing, bebop, and fusion, as well as a critical understanding of how such histories are developed. Creative projects give students the opportunity to engage with the music hands-on, while other assignments guide students through the process of research in the humanities. Important composers, bands, and soloists are highlighted, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and the Miles Davis groups. (H&A)