The Birth of Bebop

When and Where

15 Oct 2020 - 22 Oct 2020 (4 hours, 2 weeks)
Days and times
Thursday 18:00 - 20:00
Waterloo Centre


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Flavio Li Vigni
Course code

What you will learn

Join this two days course to discover more about how jazz made his transition from popular dance music to a more intricate art form. We will be listening and discussing the music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and many others.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Better understand the different idioms and styles of jazz and popular music
  • Recognise the main musical features and styles in the History of Jazz
  • Formulate informed critical judgement of the vocabulary, the different styles and performance conventions of jazz
  • Understand the performance practices of jazz and popular music in their social, economic, cultural and historical context

Class format and activities

Listening to tutor presentation, explanation and demonstration. Guided analytical listening and group discussion. Taking your own notes. Participating in discussion based on tutor’s presentation and on your own reading and listening homework.

Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.

Entry requirements

Willingness to listen to set works and read outside course hours. Good English

What you need to know before you enrol

This course makes no unusual physical demands. There is a lot of listening in class and some for homework.

What you will need for your class

his is an online course, therefore you will need access to a personal computer/laptop/ipad with working internal microphone and camera, and decent internet wi-fi connection. You will also need to have and basic IT skills, in order to be able to access and use effectively the online material, eg. the online platforms for the live sessions and shared material.
Ahead of the first session, you will receive information about the exact format and length of the live part of the course, together with guidance on how to access the relevant platforms. During the first session, you will receive guidance from your tutor about how to access the online course material, such as recordings and sheet music

What you can do next

Join one of the other Jazz History short courses. The College also offers a wide range of related performance courses for instruments (e.g. piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drum kit), voices (gospel, jazz, soul pop and rock) and ensembles (jazz, Rhythm & Blues, soul, funk, gospel, Latin, Afro-Cuban).