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Instructor Contact Information
  MUSI111 - Jazz-History And Development
  Mode of Delivery:  Fully Online
  (Fully Online = All class meetings are conducted online with no on-campus instruction or exams)

Dr. Scott Walton
San Diego City College


Please email me at the above address in advance of a course start date, and I can usually guarantee you an add code, and a space in my class.


Textbook and Course Material Requirements

Recommended (not required) text: available for purchase at the City College Bookstore or extensively on the web:


The primary instructional materials for this class are my self authored lecture notes, available as PDF downloads on our course Blackboard website. They contain streaming links for all required audio and video, so there's no need to purchase audio CDs. Using only my lecture notes you can complete all of the assignments in this class. The textbook is a useful reference, but is not required – because of this, if you buy one I suggest you purchase a used copy of an older edition:


Henry Martin and Keith Waters, Jazz: The First 100 Years, Second Edition (publisher: Thomson Wadsworth, ISBN: 0534628044)

See District Online Schedule for official list of required and optional textbooks and materials for this class.
Purchase Textbooks Online at the SDCCD Online Bookstore

Hardware and Software Requirements

Hardware and Software:
To successfully complete this online course, you will be required to meet the minimum hardware and software requirements. View Hardware and Software Requirements.

Internet Browser:
You must use a supported Internet browser in order to successfully work in Blackboard, the online course management system for this course. To see a list of supported Internet browsers, click here.

Course Description

Structure of the course:


This is a fully online, fast-paced 8-week course. Students are required to complete a variety of assignments, including writing assignments, listening journals, discussions (similar to “chats”), quizzes, and midterm/final exams. Students are required to complete reading and listening homework related to the required text and the lecture notes provided on the course website. There is no mandatory on-campus orientation. You're required to log onto the course website and complete at least one of the Week 1 assignments, or you will be dropped from the class in Week 2.

Course Objectives
  • Develop critical listening skills ("active listening")
  • Identify the various styles, style periods, and artists of the jazz tradition
  • Situate musical developments within social, cultural, and historical contexts
  • Develop aesthetic criteria for examining and evaluating recorded and live musical performances
  • Attend a live musical performance, applying active listening skills
Application and Registration Information


  1. Complete Online Application (for new SDCCD students). Go to Student Web Services
  2. Receive registration appointment and instructions by email or mail.
  3. Register online at the Reg-e, our online registration system.
  4. Make sure that you pay your tuition so that you don't lose your registration!   Fees and Tuition Information.
  5. Order textbooks online. Visit our online bookstore.
  6. After completion of registration on Reg-e, and several days prior to the start of the semester, you will receive an email with course login instructions. If you don't receive an email please go to and login on the first day of class as follows:

    Type your Blackboard Username = 7-digit College Student Identification (CSID) number
    Type your Password =  mmddyyyy (your birthdate with no hyphens, slashes, or spaces)

    For example:  1010101 (CSID number used at registration)
                           06231980 (password for the birthdate June 23, 1980 )
  7. If this course is closed, please login to Reg-e to be placed on a waitlist. If the waitlist is full, you will not be able to add your name to the waitlist.

You will not be able to login to your online course until the first day of the semester!!!
You must login to your online course on the first day of the session to avoid your enrollment being dropped.
Follow the login instructions at

Additional Information

Please don't hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions about the course content or assignments. I look forward to having you as a student!

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