Program Description


Fall 2008

Music 130: The History of Jazz provides a survey of the history of jazz from its beginnings to the present day focusing both on the creators and their music as well as the social and historical context of those creations. In addition, considerable attention is devoted to the development of general listening skills, and listening skills particular to jazz.

Winter Break and Winter Term 2008-09

Music 330: Jazz in New York and Jazz History Seminar

During the winter break the group will attend a wide variety of jazz events in New York at clubs, concert hall, theaters, and other venues. We will also visit the Louis Armstrong House in Queens, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Museum of Modern Art. Time for personal sightseeing will also be available. Students will write daily entries about their ongoing experiences during the trip in a class blog. During winter term, students will work on their own research topics based on their experience with the music in New York and give oral presentations and submit term papers on their topic.


The program will be housed at International House (IH) on Riverside Drive and 122nd Street close to Columbia University and a short walk to the 125th St, and Broadway subway station. Rooms will be double occupancy and have private baths and internet access. In addition, International House has a cafeteria, study lounges, exercise and laundry rooms, a pub, and twenty-four hour security. See: (check out “facilities and amenities)


The program will cover:

  • the room charge
  • all admission charges to jazz events (i.e. cover charges and tickets)
  • all admission charges to museums
  • a subway card
  • partial board

The program will not cover:

  • transportation to and from New York
  • transportation to and from the airport to IH
  • club minimums
  • some meals
  • spending money

This is a perfect time of year to visit New York. It is a lively time for jazz performance (and all kinds of other music and theater performances too). Following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade the city will be all decked out for the Christmas Season and you’ll want to see the legendary windows of Macy’s, Lord and Taylor’s, and Saks, among others. Plans are also in the works to connect our class with Carleton alums in New York. The subway will be our mode of transportation, but you will need comfortable shoes because, like most New Yorkers, we’ll be walking—a lot!