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Jazz Appreciation

Listen and learn about the artists, eras, and musical methods that make jazz a great original art form.

Start Date: Jan 21, 2014


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This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion. Certain features of this course may not be active, but many people enjoy watching the videos and working with the materials. Make sure to check for reruns of this course. Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker. John Coltrane. Youve 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 Americas 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, powered by Cerego, 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. Before, during, and after the course, check out the official facebook page for announcements and discussions, at


  • Dates: Jan 21, 2014
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructors: Leslie Hall, Daniel Dufour, Gianni Bianchini, Alex Heitlinger, Jeffrey Hellmer
  • Institution: EdX

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About EdX: EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT.

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