Maricopa Community Colleges  MHL145

Official Course Description:  MCCCD Approval: 4-27-1999

MHL145  2013 Spring - 9999

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

American Jazz and Popular Music

The study of cultural and social contributions to the evolution of American jazz and popular music from the mid-1800's to present.

Prerequisites: None.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Humanities and Fine Arts - [HU]


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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


MHL145  2013 Spring - 9999

American Jazz and Popular Music



List and identify by sound instruments used in jazz. (I)


Describe typical rhythms and meters used in jazz. (I)


Identify a twelve-bar blues structure. (II)


Define improvisation and explain its role in jazz. (III)


Identify the scored big band sound. (III)


List influential jazz musicians and their contributions. (IV)


List major jazz periods in chronological order. (V)


Describe stylistic characteristics of each major jazz style. (V)


Describe social, economic, political, and cultural diversities and their influence on each new style during the evolution of jazz music. (V)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


MHL145  2013 Spring - 9999

American Jazz and Popular Music


I. Instruments of the Jazz Band

A. Brass

B. Woodwinds

C. Rhythm section

II. Blues, Song Structure

A. Twelve-bar format

III. Improvisation Versus Scored Music

IV. Important Jazz Musicians

A. Louis Armstrong

B. Duke Ellington

C. Charlie Parker

D. Cannonball Adderly

V. Jazz Styles and Their Historical Importance

A. Early New Orleans

B. Blues

C. Dixieland

D. Swing

E. Bop

F. Fusion

G. Third Stream


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