MSC 1003 - Music in Civilization

ETR: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:45 in Room 6-170
FTR: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:10-5:25 in Room 6-170
UR: Thursdays 6:05 - 9:00 in Room 6-170
Class 22ETR: Thursday, November 15 at 2:30
FTR: Thursday, November 15 at 4:10

Quiz Three News

This was our quiz three day. The good news is that the "daytime" sections had minimal fallout from the snow and we got our test done. (Of course my heart goes out to anyone who had a hellish commute home after that.)

The 2:30 class is now graded and posted - check your profile! 4:10 should be done before Tuesday.

Quiz Four News

Our quiz 4 will be on the next-to-last class, Thursday December 6. It is 90% on the history of jazz and 10% on a little modern classical music.

Here are playlists:

Jazz playlist: Youtube / Spotify / Youtube for Phones
Modern Classical playlist: YouTube / Spotify / Youtube for Phones

Notebook News

Someone left a brightly colored (pink? purple?) notebook behind in the classroom. I put it in my mailbox cubby in the Fine and Performing Arts office, room 7-235 on the theory that this would make it easier to retrieve on Monday or Tuesday. Ask the man at the main desk for it.

Homework #17: Roots of African American Music

This homework assignment is the "prequel" to the material we began after the test. First read the online unit and then answer 11 questions in assignment 17.

The questions follow the sequence of the discussion with a little light shuffling. As always I recommend opening the online unit and the exercise in separate tabs so you can flip back and forth and do it open book.

This one is due before Class 25 (Thurs, Nov 29).

New Orleans-Style Jazz (1900-1930)

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five (with guest Lonnie Johnson on Guitar), "Hotter Than That" [1927] (Quiz piece)


This is a more recent recreation of the New Orleans sound by Wynton Marsalis and co. You can really hear the marching band influence in the drums here, and in general it just sounds a lot more exciting that these old scratchy records.

Swing Era (1930s and 40s)

Here we looked at how jazz becomes more slick and organized in the 30s and 40s, eventually becoming wildly popular, mainstream entertainment.

Louis Armstrong

Arstrong continues to be important throughout the swing era, though he doesn't really follow the "big band" trend like most other musicians do. In class we usually watch this performance of "Dinah" from 1933.

Duke Ellington

In general I emphasized how Duke Ellington is the most accomplished and "artistic" bandleader of the era. In class we listened to Mood Indigo [1930].

Spotify Link to the original 1930 recording.

We also usually spin "Take the A Train" [1941] which was actually composed by Billy Strayhorn (who worked as an assistant to Ellington.)

Spotify link, original record

But our quiz piece for Ellington and the Swing era is going to be the very moody and atmospheric Ko-Ko [1940].

Spotify Link