What is the course about?
Over the five weeks we will study the music, compositions, and influences of five remarkable Jazz composers ranging from the inimitable sound of the Duke Ellington orchestra, the passionate and soulful music of Charles Mingus, the idiosyncratic Thelonious Monk, the diverse and wonderful compositions of Wayne Shorter and more.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
key style traits and biographical information for:
- the Duke Ellington Orchestra
- Charles Mingus
- Thelonious Monk
- Wayne Shorter.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Expand your Jazz listening to include theses famous artists
- Learn to identify several key stylistic traits
- Hear and discuss different Jazz examples studied on this course.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for absolute beginners. However, we will look at some music scores (both handwritten and printed) and learn to identify key features of music notation (e.g. how many singers, or orchestral parts), so this will be suitable for those who are curious and ambitious to learn. We may also explore the writings: letters, Album reviews, newspaper announcements.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an online course:
Sessions will be held via video-conference (google meets) and comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study. Course materials (handouts, scores, links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
You may also wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after each session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
To find out more about music history classes Music history courses in London and online which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.