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The Art and Accessibility of Music (Advanced Level)
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Students will learn about the jazz singer Billie Holiday and the sociohistorical context in which she performed. They will learn how discriminatory statutes (called Jim Crow laws) affected daily life. They will also analyze how movement is created in photographs and the effect of a photographer's point of view on composition. Finally, students will photograph a musician, paying attention to what can be communicated through point of view.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
History
Performing Arts
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
J. Paul Getty Museum
Provider Set:
Getty Education
Date Added:
05/22/2013
Duke
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This video segment from Weston Woods presents the story of Duke by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, and is about Duke Ellington, one of the founding fathers of jazz. When Duke Ellington was young, his parents wanted him to learn to play the piano. Although he began lessons, he was soon lured away by his love of baseball. Later, as a teenager he heard the new musical style called "ragtime" and he was inspired once again to learn to play piano. Soon, he created his own style of music using "hops" and "slides" on the piano. He became a popular entertainer with a flair that attracted many fans.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
History
Performing Arts
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Author:
The WNET Group
Date Added:
01/30/2023
Horns for Memphis
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In addition to piano players galore, Memphis Tennessee is also home to some of the greatest horn players in the world.  They have recorded with countless bands and groups and also traveled the world extensively.  Regardless of style, horns players both as soloists and in ensembles have definitely made their mark.   

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
Charles Pender
Date Added:
01/11/2023
Introduction to Jazz History syllabus
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Syllabus with listening links for Introduction to Jazz History course that uses a library ebook as primary textbook: Ted Gioia, The History of Jazz, 2nd ed. (New York: Oxford, 2011). Covers the 90-year history of jazz, a truly American art form. Examines and analyzes eras, styles, and significant artists.

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

Understand that the study of jazz involves an analysis of what motivates humans to create and how their creations reflect their values and world views
Experience jazz music “dynamically,” that is, to appreciate simultaneously the uniqueness of a work, its origins and precedent, its potential as an inspiration and influence on later music and its relationship to a particular cultural moment
Critically examine the impact of jazz on social interaction so as to encourage sensitivity and empathy toward people with different values or beliefs.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Syllabus
Author:
Sean Peterson
Date Added:
03/09/2020
Introduction to Western Music
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This course gives a broad overview of Western music from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, with emphasis on late baroque, classical, romantic, and modernist styles (1700-1910). It is also meant to enhance students’ musical experience by developing listening skills and an understanding of diverse forms and genres. Major composers and their works will be placed in social and cultural contexts. Weekly lectures feature demonstrations by professional performers, and introduce topics to be discussed in sections. The focus of the course is on the weekly listening and reading assignments.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Harris, Ellen
Date Added:
02/01/2006
Jazz Up Writing Workshop: Writing Biographies of African American Jazz Musicians
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During writing workshop, students research, write, revise, and share their own comprehensive biographies of African American jazz musicians.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Unit of Study
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
08/29/2013
Jazz, an American tradition
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This lesson is aimed at adults who interrupted their education due to multiple problems. The purpose is to develop reading and writing skills while learning essential information about the musical genre of jazz.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson
Date Added:
04/22/2016
Memphis: the Jazz Tradition
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This is a look at some of the more successful jazz pianists from Memphis Tennessee.  Each artist has experienced national and international acclaim as both a pianist and composer.  What's more, they are all comtemporaries having attended the University of Memphis (then Memphis State University)at the same time.  

Subject:
Film and Music Production
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Charles Pender
Date Added:
01/09/2023
Music 363: Jazz History Lecture Playlist
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These materials, created by Dr. Adam Gaines in Summer 2023, feature a syllabus, video lectures, bibliographic references, assignment prompts, discussion questions, and links to library resources, like Ken Burns' film, Jazz.
The topics covered in this course include: Background through 1910s: Jazz Heritage and Early Styles; 1920s Through 1940s: The Jazz Age and The Swing Era; 1950s Through 1980s: Breakthroughs, Fusions and Reexaminations; 1990s Through Today: An Evolving Artform.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Film and Music Production
History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
University of Wisconsin Green Bay
Author:
Adam Gaines
Date Added:
03/22/2024
Music: Its Language, History, and Culture
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Welcome to Music 1300, Music: Its Language History, and Culture. The course has a number of interrelated objectives:
1. To introduce you to works representative of a variety of music traditions.These include the repertoires of Western Europe from the Middle Agesthrough the present; of the United States, including art music, jazz, folk, rock, musical theater; and from at least two non-Western world areas (Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Indian subcontinent).
2. To enable you to speak and write about the features of the music you study,employing vocabulary and concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, timbre,and form used by musicians.
3. To explore with you the historic, social, and cultural contexts and the role of class, ethnicity, and gender in the creation and performance of music,including practices of improvisation and the implications of oral andnotated transmission.
4. To acquaint you with the sources of musical sounds—instruments and voices fromdifferent cultures, found sounds, electronically generated sounds; basic principlesthat determine pitch and timbre.
5. To examine the influence of technology, mass media, globalization, and transnationalcurrents on the music of today.
The chapters in this reader contain definitions and explanations of musical terms and concepts,short essays on subjects related to music as a creative performing art, biographical sketchesof major figures in music, and historical and cultural background information on music fromdifferent periods and places.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Brooklyn College
Author:
Douglas Cohen
Date Added:
11/14/2018
Music Since 1960
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This course begins with the premise that the 1960s mark a great dividing point in the history of 20th century Western musical culture, and explores the ways in which various social and artistic concerns of composers, performers, and listeners have evolved since that decade. It focuses on works by classical composers from around the world. Topics include the impact of rock, as it developed during the 1960s - 70s; the concurrent emergence of post serial, neotonal, minimalist, and new age styles; the globalization of Western musical traditions; the impact of new technologies; and the significance of music video, video games, and other versions of multimedia. The course interweaves discussion of these topics with close study of seminal musical works, evenly distributed across the four decades since 1960; works by MIT composers are included.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Graphic Arts
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Robison, Brian
Date Added:
02/01/2006
Musical Improvisation
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In this course, students study concepts and practice techniques of improvisation in solo and ensemble contexts. The course examines relationships between improvisation, composition, and performance based in traditional and experimental approaches. Hands-on music making will be complemented by discussion of the aesthetics of improvisation. Weekly lab sessions support work on musical technique. Guest artist / lecturers will engage students through mini-residencies in jazz with film, Indian music, electronic music, and blending improvisation with classic music; and an accompanying concert series will feature these artists in performance. Open by audition to instrumental or vocal performers.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Hall, Tom
Harvey, Mark
Date Added:
02/01/2013
We've Got the Blues
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By listening to and looking at the qualities of various scales, students learn to identify the differences between the major, minor, and blues scales.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute
Provider Set:
Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute - Music Educators Toolbox
Date Added:
01/01/2015
Women's Novels: A Weekly Book Club
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This pass/fail seminar should be a fun setting where we can all enjoy a love of good books together. Students will read approximately one novel every two weeks, and the class will discuss each novel in a relaxed and interactive setting, with attention to whatever themes and issues interest them most about each book. We will read a wide mixture of classic and contemporary novels written by women, including: Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth; Toni Morrison, Jazz; Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway; Alice Walker, The Color Purple; Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre; Sheri Reynolds, The Rapture of Canaan; Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice; and Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar. Recurrent issues likely to be discussed include: gender, race, and class; romance, love, and marriage; depression and suicide; and conception, childbirth, and parenthood.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Literature
Reading Literature
Social Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Kasemset, Faye
Rodal, Jocelyn
Sweet, Holly
Date Added:
02/01/2006