Global Jazz and Music Activism

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Please note: this course is for performance majors who are accepted in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute only. This course explores the concept of global jazz in the past, present, and future and its relationship to community engagement. Global jazz is defined and contextualized as more than a style of music, but a multicultural experience with many dimensions. This course includes a section of local outreach where students perform in unusual settings inside diverse communities that need more live music such as correctional facilities, orphanages, psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, among other sites in Massachusetts. The course also focuses on performance techniques and repertoire building for performers who wish to engage in community service. It also discusses the history of how jazz musicians engaged in community service since the beginning of jazz.

Written approval of course chair
Required Of
Electable By
PERF majors
Major Elective for
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Course Chair
Marco Pignataro
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