Jazz Appreciation

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Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker. John Coltrane. You’ve heard their names, but do you know what makes them great? In Jazz Appreciation, you will learn what these artists and many others contributed to America’s great original art form, revered the world over for its innovation and creativity. Jazz emerged during a time of tremendous change and upheaval in American society; this course will also discuss how its evolution both reflected and contributed to those changes.

Much more than a lecture series, Jazz Appreciation weaves in musical performances and examples that will deepen your understanding of the musical process and develop your ability to identify and analyze different jazz eras and great jazz soloists. It also incorporates cutting-edge adaptive learning technology that will allow you to practice your new knowledge and skills, at your own pace, until you reach mastery.

Join this course to enhance your enjoyment of jazz b...

Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker. John Coltrane. You’ve heard their names, but do you know what makes them great? In Jazz Appreciation, you will learn what these artists and many others contributed to America’s great original art form, revered the world over for its innovation and creativity. Jazz emerged during a time of tremendous change and upheaval in American society; this course will also discuss how its evolution both reflected and contributed to those changes.

Much more than a lecture series, Jazz Appreciation weaves in musical performances and examples that will deepen your understanding of the musical process and develop your ability to identify and analyze different jazz eras and great jazz soloists. It also incorporates cutting-edge adaptive learning technology that will allow you to practice your new knowledge and skills, at your own pace, until you reach mastery.

Join this course to enhance your enjoyment of jazz by developing an informed understanding and deep appreciation of the art.

Please note: This course includes a wealth of music. In sensitivity to artists’ rights, course videos including music are available for a limited time only. Materials are released weekly on Saturday mornings, and videos are removed nine days later, on Sunday nights. Please plan to keep pace with the course in order to get the most out of it. 

 

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8/10 starsCompleted
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1 year, 7 months ago
This course introduced me to jazz. I knew absolutely nothing about jazz before this course. I'm very pleased about this jazz course. I want to take another jazz/music course.
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9/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
Well designed course from an excellent teacher. Prof. Hellmer does a very good job setting the background and and atmosphere, giving a more in depth picture to the jazz of the times than just "this era had ____". I do wish it had been a little more technical, but I suppose that was outside the scope of the class. A good course worth your time; you will learn about jazz.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 5 months ago
I really love this course - it brightened up my long winter evenings in 2015 and 2016. Professor Hellmer is an incredible teacher and musician. I hope the course will be open again in 2017 ...
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Shimmy Weitzhandler

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 11 months ago
Great course. I hope enrollment is opened again, I would like to retake it. I like the contents of the course very much, they way it was presented and the overall organization of it.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years ago
What a wonderful course! I've learnt so much and feel as though a whole new world has been opened to me. Professor Hellmer is so enthusiastic about his subject matter that you can't help but be encouraged to throw yourself wholeheartedly into the course experience. Thoroughly recommendable!
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Alberto Abete

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
Great course, and great instructor, as it has already been commented. The work load was extremely light, so one can follow it easily even at the most stressful weeks. I have been listening to jazz for over three decades and have still found the course engaging and interesting. Some of the artists I already loved have been treated in a way that has shed new light over them. I have been able to discover new aspects of styles I didn't (and in some cases still don't) like at all, but undoubtedly, I understand much better now. My only criticism is that I would have liked to have more Jazz facts/ extra listening quizzes, but that does not diminish the value of this excellent course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
This course was, for me, just what the doctor ordered. I am a writer, and was suffering from exhaustion. To have this wonderful exposure to jazz music, to be given the opportunity to cross the threshold on which I have hovered for decades, immersion thanks to cerego in the wordless glory of jazz music, was just what I needed. Amazing how that confusing jumble of oft-heard but unrecognizable names and songs, eras and instruments, got teased out and reconstituted into knowledge, thanks to the excellent lectures, and sheer enjoyment of the music thanks to cerego ... I usually chose to listen right through the piece despite recognizing it in the first few seconds.. My course has just finished, and I am plugged into youtube whenever I read emails or write, have just heard through Kind of Blue, and love my Baker and Mulligan, and of course, hard boppers Art Blakey and Horace Silver. Now can add the newer ones to my repertoire, Spalding, P... This course was, for me, just what the doctor ordered. I am a writer, and was suffering from exhaustion. To have this wonderful exposure to jazz music, to be given the opportunity to cross the threshold on which I have hovered for decades, immersion thanks to cerego in the wordless glory of jazz music, was just what I needed. Amazing how that confusing jumble of oft-heard but unrecognizable names and songs, eras and instruments, got teased out and reconstituted into knowledge, thanks to the excellent lectures, and sheer enjoyment of the music thanks to cerego ... I usually chose to listen right through the piece despite recognizing it in the first few seconds.. My course has just finished, and I am plugged into youtube whenever I read emails or write, have just heard through Kind of Blue, and love my Baker and Mulligan, and of course, hard boppers Art Blakey and Horace Silver. Now can add the newer ones to my repertoire, Spalding, Potter, Fusion pianists ... Did I omit Brubeck? Monk? The Duke? And perhaps the most fun of all, Satchmo? I now recognise many of them when Youtube plays on to a random track, what glee! Prof Hellmer's closing sentiment that things learned here can be applied to other musical genres has already come to pass - I am listening to classical music with more focus and recognition. I'll be revisiting cerego for a while - must get all those memories up to level 3! Thanks, prof Hellmer for a gift which will lighten the burdens of old age ... as long as my hearing holds out ... Warm regards, Jo Saunders
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 2 months ago
Great course, great instructor, great staff and discussion, just what I wanted, what was offered and described is what they provided. I'm happy to be taking it.
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Sacha Koppert

9/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 2 months ago
Just started week 4 of this course and I simply love it. The explanations are clear, the exercises are good. It is the type of course I was looking for, providing a clear explanation of the different jazz styles/eras.
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Roman Ryzhikh

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 3 months ago
I have participated in this course twice, it is that good. It is very innovative also, and professor Hellmer is a great teacher. All the material is very well structured and requires no prior knowledge. I can not recommend this cource enough.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 3 months ago
This is an excellent class. As a dilettante MOOC student, this was one of the most rewarding classes I took. It introduced me to fun to use memorization tools and great music. It was important for this class to stay within the schedule - don't skip a single week.
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Ann Marie Sheehan

9/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
I really enjoyed this course. If feeling a bit low, I was bopping away in my seat soon after I started listening. Loved the format and the presenter. Will do it again as I missed a couple of weeks and never really caught up. The only problem was having the clips removed after a shortish period but otherwise no issues. Thanks.
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Liliana Guzman

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
Fantastic class! I was so lucky to find it! My husband and I played it in the car or when we were stuck at home last winter (long winter in New York), and we loved it. We learned so much, and the kids learned a bit too. We took the tests together, out loud, and those memories are now part of the family folklore! Thank you for making this available!
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
I also took the last offering of this course and it was one of the best (of more than a dozen) MOOCs that I've taken. Professor Hellmer is an excellent instructor who clearly conveys his knowledge and love of jazz. The supplementary listening exercises greatly enhanced the learning experience.
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Clifford Groen

8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
I took this course this year. It is very good. It was my third online course. I like Jazz a lot. My goal was to learn something about Jazz. This course provides a good survey of the history of Jazz. Sometimes, the sound of the videos disappeared. This was a problem with edX. Due to this course, I went to the Met Museum in NYC in January to listen some Jazz musicians. In this course, I liked the Classic Jazz Era and Duke Ellington the best of all. I did not like the Cerego Sets because they forced me to listen to Jazz which I do not like. Overall, I learned a lot about Jazz from this course.
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