路易斯?阿姆斯特朗(Louis Armstrong)、查理?帕克(Charlie Parker)、约翰?科特恩(John Coltrane)，这些名字你一定有所耳闻，但是你知道他们为何如此伟大么？在《爵士乐欣赏》课程中，你将学习这些艺术家以及其他艺术家为美国这种伟大的原创艺术形式所做的贡献，爵士乐在世界范围内都因其革新和创造性获得尊重。爵士乐在美国社会经历极大变革和动荡时得以出现，本课程还将讨论爵士乐的发展如何反映并影响到这些变革。
《爵士乐欣赏》课程不仅仅是讲座系列，它还通过音乐表演和实例帮助大家加深对音乐发展进程的理解，帮助培养大家识别分析不同爵士乐时代和伟大爵士乐独奏家的能力。它还结合了 Cerego 驱动的先进自适应学习技术，帮助大家按照各自的进度，练习自己所学知识和技能，直至熟练掌握为止。
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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.
Learn how to listen, think, and speak intelligently about music, particularly jazz
Gain knowledge and insight into the lives and music central jazz figures
Learn to aurally identify important musical aspects of recorded and live jazz
Learn to recognize and describe the differences between various jazz styles including cool, modal, hard bop, bebop, early jazz, and swing
Gain an understanding of jazz history as well as its relationship to American history and culture
Week 1 Introduction/How Jazz Works/Jazz History Overview
Week 2 Developing Listening Skills: Hard Bop
Week 3 Refining Listening Skills: Cool Jazz and Bebop
Week 4 Bebop and Swing: The Classic Jazz Eras
Week 5 Ellington and the Beginnings
Week 6 Louis and Miles
Week 7 Miles and 'trane
Week 8 'trane, Free Jazz, and Mingus
Week 9 Keyboard Giants: Monk, Evans, Hancock, and Corea
Week 10 Fusion and Stars of Today