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MUS 380

21CM Topics

Investigations of specialized topics in entrepreneurship and music business. These courses expand upon other courses offered in the 21CM curriculum.

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Randy Salman

380B: 21CM Topics: Miles and Trane

Universally claimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis is one of the most influential musicians in the world. For more than 45 years, from 1945 when he first made his mark on the jazz scene until his death in 1991, Miles Davis has been in the front rank of American music. His music has defined jazz for three different generations of listeners.

John Coltrane was a key figure in jazz history, a pioneer in world music, and an intensely emotional force. The immense force of Coltrane's music has inspired poetry, sculpture, and modern dance.

We will view clips from several different videos that include concert footage and interviews with Miles Davis and the musicians with whom he worked. We will also listen to selections from many CDs recorded over his lifetime. These include: Bop recordings from his early period with Charlie Parker in the 1940s; his Birth of the Cool sessions of 1949 and 1950; his recordings with the Classic Miles Davis Quintet including John Coltrane of the 1950s; his collaborations with Gil Evans; his 1959 best-loved and historically pivotal Kind of Blue recording, also with John Coltrane; his Great 1960s Quintet with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Ron Carter, and Wayne Shorter; and the post-1968 experiments, which displayed a blend of the jazz tradition, funk music, and the music of India and South America. The music of John Coltrane will focus on the Classic Quartet of the 1960s with McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, and Jimmy Garrison, as well as his influential Giant Steps recording.

Steven Snyder

380D: 21CM Topics: Jazz Arranging

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Kristina Boerger

380A: 21CM Topics: Hearing Culture: What's Music Got to do with it?

Nicole Brockmann

380B: 21CM Topics: Dalcroze Eurhythmics

This course combines experiential and traditional ways of exploring the relationship between our aural and physical understanding of and response to music. In Dalcroze Eurhythmics, we use the body to directly experience how musicianship develops through sensitivity to physical energy. Although this is largely a movement class, it is not dance. Instead, it uses ordinary movement like walking or tossing a tennis ball as ways of discovering how musical energy works in parallel with the body's experience of rhythm and physical energy. Classwork includes movement games and study as well as regular performance clinics, in which we use Eurhythmics techniques to actually improve student musical performance on the instrument. Our movement work is done barefoot, so students should wear comfortable clothing and plan to remove shoes and socks before each class.