Jazz: The Improvisatory Spirit examines improvisation as it has manifested itself in Jazz and other African American Music. It is focused on the spirit of improvisation and its essential nature taking into account the concepts of imagination, freedom and individual expression.
Intended learning outcomes
On completing this subject students will:
have an understanding of improvisation in the broader sense and more specifically how it has evolved through Jazz music;
have a basic understanding of the formal, rhythmic and harmonic aspects of music;
be able to identify specific eras of Jazz music as well as the musicians that helped shape each era in Jazz history;
be able to describe and comment upon the various philosophical and conceptual attitudes that have shaped the evolution of Jazz.
On completing this subject students will be able to: • demonstrate an open and independent attitude towards contemporary cultural developments; • critically and creatively engage with topics of cultural significance across the broader community; • understand and appreciate how the arts connect with the broader society and culture.