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MUS 06 — The Evolution of Early Jazz

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Nov 28
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Sep 28
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $465
Instructor(s): Michael Galisatus
Limit: 45
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on October 24 and November 21
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6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Sep 26—Nov 28
8 weeks
Refund Date
Sep 28
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Michael Galisatus
Please Note: No class on October 24 and November 21
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Early jazz stands as a cultural cornerstone in American history, transcending boundaries and sparking a revolutionary spirit that reshaped society and unleashed a wave of creative expression that reverberates through the realms of music and culture to this day. In this engaging course, we will travel through the soulful streets of New Orleans and the boisterous dance halls of America to unlock the secrets behind the evolution of jazz. We will begin with its African roots and trace its ascent to the zenith of popular culture in 1940s America.

Through focused listening exercises, readings, and in-depth examinations, we will review landmark performances that left an indelible mark on the annals of music history. Students will immerse themselves in the rich harmonies and improvisations that define the essence of jazz while uncovering the nuances of blues, traditional jazz, piano styles, and the infectious rhythms of swing. Along the way, we will encounter legendary figures such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Jelly Roll Morton, whose mesmerizing virtuosity and artistic brilliance transformed the jazz landscape, tore down racial barriers, and elevated the genre to new heights of sophistication and artistic expression. Students will leave this course with an appreciation for jazz’s fascinating origins, an understanding of its transformative power, and a new passion for its enduring legacy.

Lecturer, Department of Music, Stanford; Director, Stanford Jazz Orchestra

Michael Galisatus is a former professor of music and director of bands at the College of San Mateo and is the director of the Stanford Jazz Orchestra. Prior to his appointments at Stanford and the College of San Mateo, he directed jazz ensembles at SF State and the College of Notre Dame. He also produced ensembles at various Bay Area high schools. Galisatus has been the recipient of various teaching honors, including the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Jazz Educator of the Year, the CMEA Bay Section Outstanding Jazz Educator Award, the Peninsula Arts Council Arts Educator of the Year, the Otter Distributors 2004 Jazz Educator Award for the State of California, and the CMEA Bay Section Gil Freitas Memorial Award for music education. Galisatus received an MA in music education from SF State.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.