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Jazz Appreciation

The University of Texas at Austin via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
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  • Language English
  • Start Date
  • Duration 10 weeks long

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Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker. John Coltrane. You’ve heard their names, but do you know what makes them great? In Jazz Appreciation, you will learn what these artists and many others contributed to America’s great original art form, revered the world over for its innovation and creativity. Jazz emerged during a time of tremendous change and upheaval in American society; this course will also discuss how its evolution both reflected and contributed to those changes.

Much more than a lecture series, Jazz Appreciation weaves in musical performances and examples that will deepen your understanding of the musical process and develop your ability to identify and analyze different jazz eras and great jazz soloists. It also incorporates cutting-edge adaptive learning technology that will allow you to practice your new knowledge and skills, at your own pace, until you reach mastery.

Join this course to enhance your enjoyment of jazz by developing an informed understanding and deep appreciation of the art.

Please note: This course includes a wealth of music. In sensitivity to artists’ rights, course videos including music are available for a limited time only. Materials are released weekly on Saturday mornings, and videos are removed nine days later, on Sunday nights. Please plan to keep pace with the course in order to get the most out of it. 

 

Taught by

Jeffrey Hellmer

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Emmett S
5.0 3 years ago
by Emmett completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Excellent introduction to eras and main players of jazz, from the early 1900s to the present. Prof. Hellmer was engaging, discussion boards were active and the learning tool Cerego, though slightly repetitive, did reinforce facts about jazz well. Very much recommend the course.
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Aana A
5.0 3 years ago
Aana completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
One of the best courses I have ever taken. Brilliantly presented and executed. Professor Hellmer is a professional jazz pianist and a rather engaging educator. I highly recommend this course.
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Kurp K
5.0 2 months ago
Kurp completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
Real pleasure. The course is demanding, but it's also one of the best designed courses I've ever participated. I loved the technical aspects, the instructor is great and videos are fascinating. I loved how the course systematise the knowledge, shows trends and ideas, describes and esplains the evolution of jazz.
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Class U
5.0 3 years ago
Class completed this course.
This course introduces the eras of jazz and the key players in each. While it includes a bit of depth on several artists, it mostly concerns the breadth of jazz. It is a great introduction, but I am really hoping for a followup!
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Mary B
5.0 2 years ago
by Mary completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Having no real knowledge or experience with jazz, I found this course to be very helpful. Great instructor. Learned a lot!!
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Tonolmo T
5.0 3 years ago
by Tonolmo completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
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