Music History

Monk’s Music

Join Brian Jones for Monk’s Music, a course exploring the music and life of one of jazz’s most important artists, pianist/composer Thelonious Monk. We will investigate the history of jazz using Monk’s unique musical vision as a guide. Topics central to this course will be Monk’s inimitable piano style, his creativity as a composer, and …

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Understanding Black Classical Music

2021 Sphinx Medal Excellence Recipient Titus Underwood returns for another semester of Understanding Black Classical Music!  We will be going through 3 composers intensively in this 4-week course.  This will include the works and lives of Florence Price, William L Dawson and William Grant Still.  We will go through a historical context of why and …

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Jazz on Film

Join Dr. Brian Jones for Jazz on Film, a course exploring the rich history of jazz’s connection with the cinema. From feature films about jazz, movies with jazz scores, documentaries on jazz musicians, and television series with jazz-centric subject matters, we will dissect the themes and music of various films as they relate to the …

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Black Music Discovery 2

2021 Sphinx Medal Excellence Recipient Titus Underwood returns for another semester of Black Music Discovery! There will be a new set of composers and performers explored in this course. For those who like to play, there will also be a class recital at the end of the course! Our journey of discovery will mine the …

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