Some Explorations in Jazz

Ref: C2227452

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The four sessions of which this short course comprises are: 'Mainstream'; 'Billie Holiday & Lester Young', 'Kind Of Blue' and 'British Traditional Jazz'. The first of these looks at a popular style of Jazz that does not form part of the usual history of the music. The second is an affectionate portrait of two great musicians and great friends who had a considerable influence on Jazz in the 1930s, '40s and '50s. The third session commemorates a set of recordings made just over sixty years ago by a group under the leadership of Miles Davis, recordings that have become one of the best-selling albums in Jazz. Finally, a retrospective of that uniquely British phenomenon, 'Trad' that rose like a rocket after WW2 and sank (almost) without trace in the 1960s. Each session combines narrative and analysis with some great music!

Course aim

These sessions explore four different areas of Jazz history and provide a taster for my 10-week course 'The Jazz Century' which is a decade-by-decade review of the music's evolution from 1900 to the end of the twentieth century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • Students on this course will have some interest in (or tolerance for) Jazz and be open-minded learners!

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain where 'Mainstream Jazz' came from and name some of its major practitioners.
  • Describe aspects of the relationship between Billie Holiday and Lester Young.
  • Say why the album, 'Kind Of Blue' broke new musical ground when it was released.
  • Chart the course of British Traditional Jazz from the early 1940s until the early 1960s.
  • State how my understanding and appreciation of Jazz has been increased by participation in this course.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The sessions will be lecture-based, but students will be able to submit questions or observations through 'Chat' and the tutor will review these during the playing of the musical examples, providing some feedback subsequently.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • There is a Canvas Quiz following each session which students are encouraged to take as a check on their own progress. The tutor will provide feedback to individuals during and after the sessions, if the number of students requesting such a response is not prohibitively high!

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The tutor will provide a playlist of the music heard in each session and encourage you to re-visit items you particularly enjoyed or explore other examples relating to the session topic. You are encouraged to have a pen or pencil and notebook to hand during the sessions.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • You are encouraged to visit venues to hear live performances of Jazz as soon as full mobility is restored within our society.

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Some Explorations in Jazz

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  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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