MUSI 2120, History of Jazz, is an introductory course in music at the University of Virginia.
It is designed to help non-specialists learn more about jazz: how it works, where it has come from, and where it's going. It is an introduction to the music's history, as well as a modest degree of training in music theory and listening skills.

This course satisfies CLAS distribution requirements for the Humanities and Non-Western Perspectives. (It does not satisfy the History requirement.)

This site is the primary source for course assignments for MUSI 2120. It is the only resource for on-line listening examples. Students using this site should be aware that any music downloaded from this site should be used only during the semester you are enrolled in MUSI 2120.

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NOTE: for further study, you may also want to look at the Norton Study Space, which contains Jazz Concepts, Interactive Listening Guides, and Author Insights.