JAZZ AND POPULAR MUSIC IN AMERICA SYLLABUS Professor: Dr. Michael Di Liddo Telephone: (305) 237-3930 Office: 3418-13 Office hours are posted outside of room 3418-13 Email: [email protected] Department Web Site: http://www.mdc.edu/wolfson/Arts/ Course Identification MUL 2380 3 Credits Course Description “A survey of the development of popular and jazz music with an emphasis on musical styles and outstanding artists.” Pre-requisites None. You will not need any musical background to do well in the course. Text Jazz Styles: History and Analysis, by Mark C. Gridley WITH ACCOMPANYING CDs (2) Rationale The purpose of this course is to introduce students to jazz music by presenting its principal players, significant bands (and band leaders), and discuss the various styles associated with the idiom. We will also survey popular American music beginning from c. 1950s and proceeding up to present day. Goals The goals of this course are to meet the above-mentioned rationale by: 1. Being able to name principal players and bands of jazz and American pop music 2. Becoming aware of the different styles of jazz and American pop music 3. Understanding the evolution of the idioms by exploring their respective history Evaluation, Attendance, and Writing Across the Curriculum Evaluation Your final grade will consist of three (3) exams worth 25% each, and four (4) writing assignments totaling 25%. All total as follows: Three exams 75% Four writing assignments 25% A = 100-90% B = 89-80% C = 79-70% D = 69-60% F = 59% and below Attendance Students are expected to attend all scheduled class meetings. The instructor reserves the right to drop any student who has missed three (3) classes. However, the student is reminded that it is their responsibility to withdraw if they wish to receive a “W” for the course. If you wish to do well in this course you need to attend all class meetings. Writing Assignment This course is one of several that the college has designated to fulfill the “Gordon Rule.” As such you will be required to turn in a 2000 word minimum of typewritten work during the term. To that end, you will need four, 500 word critiques of jazz performances you have attended. Papers are to be typed, double spaced with one-inch margins. Do not bind or place in a folder. Turn in each critique stapled. Additional guidelines for these papers will be discussed in class. Note: A course grade of “C” or higher will be awarded only if you have demonstrated college-level writing skills. Additionally, if you do not complete this writing assignment you will not receive a grade of “C” or higher.