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 cou...

*Note - This is an Archived course*

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.

Before, during, and after the course, check out the official facebook page for announcements and discussions, at http://facebook.com/jazzappreciation


This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion. Certain features of this course may not be active, but many people enjoy watching the videos and working with the materials. Make sure to check for reruns of this course.

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Frederik Dejonghe

8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
I would like to say that this course truly inspired me. Months have passed and I still cherish that which I have learned in this course. Simple basics, not more than that. But many references to go to. I found myself with a roadmap of paths to trail, and more, having been introduced to some names and some concepts, it was much easier to get places I liked. I can appreciate jazz on another level now. I have been discovering ever since. I am learning how tro play sax and flute and this has been great for giving me closer contact with some music masters. It helps me look up to where I want to get. Jeffrey Hellmer, you as an instructor truly touched me. On the last "class" I got really sad that I wouldn't be able to learn form you anymore. I felt you were very sensitive in the way you gave knowledge. The right amount of information and a touch of your preferences. My question is... When's the next one? Thank you so very much. Love an... I would like to say that this course truly inspired me. Months have passed and I still cherish that which I have learned in this course. Simple basics, not more than that. But many references to go to. I found myself with a roadmap of paths to trail, and more, having been introduced to some names and some concepts, it was much easier to get places I liked. I can appreciate jazz on another level now. I have been discovering ever since. I am learning how tro play sax and flute and this has been great for giving me closer contact with some music masters. It helps me look up to where I want to get. Jeffrey Hellmer, you as an instructor truly touched me. On the last "class" I got really sad that I wouldn't be able to learn form you anymore. I felt you were very sensitive in the way you gave knowledge. The right amount of information and a touch of your preferences. My question is... When's the next one? Thank you so very much. Love and admiration from Brazil
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John Bingham

9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
One of the best of many edX courses I've taken. The quiz system still needs a little work, but my main concerns were that I wanted a better interactive forum for sharing music and discussion, and I wish there was more content and more depth. What was there was really informative for me as a musician but not a historian at all. Good dialogue with TA's, engaging professor, great music, great course.
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Elena Williams

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Excellent content for a casual listener or experienced jazz fan with enough content and resources to go as deep into the topic as you wish. Office hours were great. As a beginner I would repeat the class if offered.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 5 months ago
Having no musical background and just being fond of jazz, I took this course to get some knowledge and find some gems I wasn't aware of. And that's exactly what I got. An enthusiastic lecturer, lots of samples, reasonable amount of theory and history. Would recommend this course to anyone who likes music.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 11 months ago
Definitely one of the best MOOC's that I have ever taken (and I have taken a LOT of them!). Great concept, amazing Professor; both entertaining and educational course. Anyone who loves quality music MUST take it.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 10 months ago
Wow! Excellent course given by excellent teachers! I took this in 2014 and plan on taking it again in 2015! Well presented, well written, well developed course with lots of great information about Jazz. Well done!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 10 months ago
This course is delightful. A thoughtful historical profile, punctuated with all sorts of interesting trivia, with tools to improve memory of essential facts, and recognize the work of well known artists. This instructor is an accomplished musician himself (Jeff Hellmer Trio) in Austin, a city having a very lively jazz scene.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 10 months ago
I completed two courses in the spring semester and I hope I can improve myself in the future by taking more courses. I really appreciate what these two amazing universities and other universities provide to us free of charge.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 1 month ago
Fantastic course about Jazz. Full of great information and well presented. The Professor is terrific at explaining the concepts and demonstrating them on his piano and with his jazz combo. Wish there were more courses in the jazz vein. Learning was complemented by course features involving memory-based learning. Would completely recommend this course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 3 months ago
My first -- and still best -- edX.org course ever. Tremendously well-planned and executed by a knowledgable, charming and skilled professor, supplemented intelligently by the excellent Cerego tools... a joy from start to finish. I knew nothing about jazz then, and have begun to appreciate it now. A complete success. Kudos to a great professor and his hard work.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 15 completed
5 years, 5 months ago
* My Prior Experience: I had listen to a lot of Jazz music before and I also studied Music Theory about 5 years ago. Nonetheless, I had no structural knowledge on the subject. * Evaluation activities: The evaluation is based on a continuous learning system through some question-and-answer programmes, supported by Cerego. * Good points: \- Professor Hellmer is very didactic: he explains subjects in an easy way and with simple word, utilising media resources as support, if necessary. \- The lessons are well divided and organised, contributing for a better understanding of each subject. \- Discussions are stimulated by the professor, after some video classes. Besides, advice is offered for those who want to improve their knowledge. \- Evaluation is based on continuous learning system with flexible due dates, which gives the students the oportunity to learn without pressure. * Bad points: \- The history of Jazz is not presented in chrono... * My Prior Experience: I had listen to a lot of Jazz music before and I also studied Music Theory about 5 years ago. Nonetheless, I had no structural knowledge on the subject. * Evaluation activities: The evaluation is based on a continuous learning system through some question-and-answer programmes, supported by Cerego. * Good points: \- Professor Hellmer is very didactic: he explains subjects in an easy way and with simple word, utilising media resources as support, if necessary. \- The lessons are well divided and organised, contributing for a better understanding of each subject. \- Discussions are stimulated by the professor, after some video classes. Besides, advice is offered for those who want to improve their knowledge. \- Evaluation is based on continuous learning system with flexible due dates, which gives the students the oportunity to learn without pressure. * Bad points: \- The history of Jazz is not presented in chronological order. Despite its didatical purpose, one could get a little confused by the order facts are displayed. \- Although the question-and-answer programmes are good tools for learning, it becomes boring if you learn the subject before you achieve complete goal. * Overall evaluation: In the end, "Jazz Appreciation" was an outstanding course! It exposed the main trends of Jazz, from the 1920's to nowadays, explaining the key characteriscs of each era. After weeks of course, one is not satisfied! In fact, I want more and I am waiting for some Prof. Hellmer's new course... It is really great!!! (Course taken between January and March 2014).
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 11 reviews
  • 10 completed
2 years, 9 months ago
Jazz Appreciation 8.01x at edX is a 10-week course covering American jazz music from its early history through the 1980s. The instructor is a professor as well as a pianist and active part of a jazz ensemble at the U of Texas. Each week he presents 6 to 8 videos of about 10 minutes each. The remarkable thing about this course is that the lectures (and exercises) include recordings of the music discussed, a rarity for a free online course. This makes the course much more enjoyable, especially if you do not have access to a music service such as Spotify or Google Music. FEATURES 1. Several short lectures each week almost of which include real recordings of the performers and composers discussed. 2. To reinforce the information presented in the video lectures this course used Cerego, a quiz system that keeps track of how much you have learned so far and what you are struggling with. 3. The "eras" of jazz music covered are (in ... Jazz Appreciation 8.01x at edX is a 10-week course covering American jazz music from its early history through the 1980s. The instructor is a professor as well as a pianist and active part of a jazz ensemble at the U of Texas. Each week he presents 6 to 8 videos of about 10 minutes each. The remarkable thing about this course is that the lectures (and exercises) include recordings of the music discussed, a rarity for a free online course. This makes the course much more enjoyable, especially if you do not have access to a music service such as Spotify or Google Music. FEATURES 1. Several short lectures each week almost of which include real recordings of the performers and composers discussed. 2. To reinforce the information presented in the video lectures this course used Cerego, a quiz system that keeps track of how much you have learned so far and what you are struggling with. 3. The "eras" of jazz music covered are (in this order): hard bop, cool, bebop, swing, early jazz (pre-swing), free, fusion, and new-classical. 4. There are several "Hearing the Difference" lectures describing how you can tell the difference between music from the different eras. 5. There is a focus on several jazz figures including John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and, most particularly, Miles Davis. 6. Lecturer is a performer himself and spends quite a bit of time getting into the details of structure and composition. PROS 1. Real recordings in the lectures and exercises! 2. Lecturer does not assume too much music theory knowledge on the part of the listener. 3. The Cerego exercises gave you quantitative targets to strive for. 4. The professor had several week-end on-line "office hours". CONS 1. The Cerego exercises emphasized repetition and memorization which got a bit tiresome after a while. 2. The course felt rushed. I would have liked to see deeper coverage of some of the more important eras (such as swing). CONCLUSION edX's Jazz Appreciation was an enjoyable, if a bit brief, introduction to the complex and rich world of American jazz music presented by a real jazz performer. The best result from taking this course was that it inspired me to listen to more and more varied jazz.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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  • 1 completed
5 years, 4 months ago
Was a great course. It definitely improved my musicianship and my improvisational skills. The only downside is that the copyrighted contents were removed so quickly.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
Excellent course! Proff. Jeff is a great teacher, his lectures are very well explained and presented with many examples. This course is much more than only theory or history, it invites jazz fans to get involved and learn while listening how jazz has evolved throughout the years up to these days. Proff. Jeff and his colleagues at the University spent a lot of hours working on this course to make of it a fantastic experience!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 119 completed
4 years ago
Fantastic experience discovering jazz music I never knew from the last 100 years and understanding better the jazz I did know. Jeff Hellmer is an excellent lecturer with an easy to follow speaking style that makes the course easier and enjoyable. It was a positive experience throughout. Jeff's direct involvement in Discussion groups was a pleasure. The course greatly enhanced my appreciation of Jazz and introduced me to Cerego which is a great teaching tool.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
This course has modified the way I listen to jazz and to music in general. As soon as I hear a saxophone, my ears wake up ! I had great pleasure and interest with this course ! I'm looking forward to another like this.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 8 reviews
  • 8 completed
5 years, 2 months ago
Prof. Jeffrey is a great instructor, guiding us through the most important eras of Jazz and helping us actually learn about this genre we love so much. The Cerego software may be a bit confusing and even annoying at the beginning, but eventually you get used to it and start taking the most from it. This course is the living proof that knowledge can only add to a passion: I had loved Jazz for a long time, and learning about it just made me love it even more.
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