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MUSIC 106 - Development of Jazz - William Macpherson

Course:Development of Jazz
Professor:William Macpherson
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


William Macpherson

Hello.  Here is a little background on me.  Officially my first name is William but I go by Bill. I was raised by medical missionary parents in Congo, Central Africa. My classmates in the boarding school I attended were from all over the world so I had an unusual and multi cultural upbringing.   Along the way I learned to speak French and two dialects from Congo, Lingala and Kituba. Upon graduation from high school I moved back to my home state of California to attend university. I received my undergraduate degree from The Berklee College of Music (Boston) in Professional Music and then did a Master’s in Jazz Performance at San Diego State University.  I have been a professional musician for over 40 years and have recorded and toured extensively with my band Native Vibe. Native Vibe plays all original African/Latin jazz fusion music. I also play other styles like blues, rock, pop, soul and other styles of World music. Much of what shapes me as a music teacher was learned from playing those styles in all different kinds of bands.  I also learned from the ground up the Music Business.  I have my own record label and publishing company and continue to perform and record in Southern California.

Course Description

This course presents jazz as a cultural medium, including its historical background and it's stylistic development in the United States.  We will explore the roots of jazz and how it has changed and evolved over the decades. We will learn about some of the important jazz performers and composers.

What to Expect in this Course

This course will be in the remote/distance learning format where we meet each week on Monday and Wednesday at the designated class time via zoom.   During class time I will provide a lecture and we will listen and discuss audio examples and watch pertinent videos. On canvas there is a weekly study guide that students should do their best to fill out during the class meeting.  Students are also expected to read each chapter of the textbook that we will cover during the semester.  Every 3 chapters will have an exam. No midterm or final exam. Additionally in teams assigned by the instructor you will work on two different video presentations outlined in the syllabus.

Types of Assessments

Grades will be assessed by the completion of 2 group projects and 4 exams that cover the chapters

Textbook Information

Textbook Title: Jazz: by Scott DeVeaux & Gary Gibbons

ISBN 978-0-393-06861-0

The textbook is required.

Other Relevant Course Information

See course syllabus

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Last updated: 10/18/2021 Sub#: 893