Course Requirements:


There are three formal examinations in the course, which will count toward 65% of your total grade.
Each of these tests is cumulative: i.e., it will cover all material from the beginning of the semester.

  • MIDTERM I: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, 15% of the grade

  • MIDTERM II: Thursday, April 7, 2016, 15% of the grade

  • FINAL: Saturday, May 7, 2016 (at 9 a.m.), 35% of the grade

Each test will be given in Maury 209.

Each exam will consist of a multiple-choice test, given on Scantron sheets: please be sure to bring a #2 pencil to class.

NOTE: Please note that, according to University regulations, the final exam cannot be given early for any reason. Students who cannot make the final must ask Prof. DeVeaux for an incomplete form, to be filed with Garrett Hall (for Arts and Sciences students). Only then can they take the final exam at a later date, no later than the first week of the following semester.

Class Participation (Discussion Section)

For each discussion section, we will ask you to submit three questions, comments, or observation drawn from an assigned chapter in Jazz. These questions must be submitted to your TA (consult them for their perferred format) by 5 p.m.. before the next class. Students will be graded on the questions they submit, and in their participation in the discussion sectkions. Participation in discussion sections will count for 15% of the total grade.

Class Participation (Top Hat)

All students are required to participate in the Top Hat program (, which allows for student/teacher interaction both in and outside the classroom. 5% of the grade will be taken from Top Hat material (including attendance and practice quizzes).


Students will write two essays: the first to be turned in to your TA during the week of March 14, the other due by April 28. The essays will be based on a musical comparison between two jazz recordings (specific instructions will follow). Each essay will count for 5% of the total grade (or 10% for both essays).

Essays must be turned in to your TA via Collab (consult the TA for their preferred method) at a time arranged by your TA, and in no case later than Friday, March 18 at 5 p.m. (for the first essay) or Tuesday, April 28 (for the second). Essays turned in late will have 5 points deducted for the first day, 10 for the second day, 20 points thereafter. The first essay will not be accepted after March 25, while the second essay will not be accepted after May 5.

Concert report

5% of the total grade will be come from two concert reports. The first concert report is due on Friday, March 4, 2016, 5 p.m. (the day before Spring Break). The second report is due on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 (the last class). Reports are normally turned in to the TA via Collab (consult the TA for their preferred method).