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Spring 2018: English UN3710, section 001
Wednesdays: 4:10pm – 6:00pm
Call Number 20996
Seminar: 4 points
Instructor: Ann Douglass:

Course Description: Please see The English Department Website

Topics in Jazz Studies: Improvisation: Museums, Musicians and Visual Artists
Spring 2018: Jazz Studies GU4900, section 001
Wednesdays: 4:10pm – 6:00pm
Call Number: 21147
Seminar: 3 points
Instructor: Prof. Sandra D. Jackson-Dumont –
Instructor’s approval required: E-mail Professor Jackson-Dumont at with the subject heading “Seminar application.” In your message, include basic information: your name, school, major, year of study, and relevant courses taken, along with a brief statement about why you are interested in taking the course. Admitted students will-be-notified and should proceed to register for the course.

Course Description: This course explores the unique space of museums as platforms for improvisational practice by musicians, visual artists, cultural workers and communities alike. Analyzing specific performances and artistic partnerships, we will consider a range of critical questions including: Did/Does the distinct setting of museums influence aesthetic decisions of performances by artists like Nina Simone, SunRa, Jimmy Heath, Jason Moran, etc.? What is the role of improvisation in institutional transformation? Contemporary visual artists, jazz musicians and curators will join seminar discussions throughout the course.

Jazz Arranging & Composition
Spring 2018: Music GU4505, section 001
Tuesdays: 4:10pm – 6:00pm
Call Number 14025
Seminar: 3 points
Instructor’s approval required

Course Description: Prerequisites: V2318-19 Diatonic Harmony or equivalent. Course designed to train students to arrange and compose in a variety of historical jazz styles, including swing, bebop, hard bop, modal, fusion, Latin, and free jazz.