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English Communication

Students are required to take a total of 6 credits in English Communication: 3 credits of English Composition and 3 credits of English Literature. The following courses fulfill the Jazzschool Institute English Communication General Studies requirements and are offered at the Jazzschool Institute:

ENGLISH COMPOSItION

ENG100 the Essay

English Composition Requirement / Elective

3 credits, 3 hours lecture

A course in effective expository writing and critical thinking that covers structure and function of the essay (non-fiction prose) as a literary form. Students read exemplary essays about music, the entertainment industry, visual art and culture, and write analytical arguments, music reviews, manifestoes and revisions to gain the tools they need to express their personal perspectives, experiences and ideas. Please note: this course is offered at the Jazzschool Institute.

ENG102

The Biography and Autobiography

English Composition Requirement / Elective

3 credits, 3 hours lecture

A writing intensive that covers structure and function of the biography and autobiography as literary forms. Considerations include strategy, research and documentation along with an examination of the structure and conventions of writing “a life”. Using key biographies and autobiographies of jazz musicians as models, students write a biography of a jazz musician of their choosing or their autobiography. Please note: this course is offered at the Jazzschool Institute.

ENGLISH LITERATURE

ENG105

Poetry of Jazz; Jazz of Poetry

English Literature Requirement / Elective

3 credits, 3 hours lecture

Beginning with the lyrics of work songs, gospel and blues, and continuing through the Harlem Renaissance, pre- and post- World War II, bebop and the Beats, modern and postmodern, and the “NOW”, jazz poetry has rhythmic and lyrical styles nurtured by the music and its players. This extensive range of poetic and jazz aesthetics is studied through the voices of Bessie Smith, Willie Dixon, Langston Hughes, Jack Kerouac, Michael McClure, Al Young, Michael S. Harper, Jayne Cortez, Ishmael Reed, Billy Collins, Quincy Troupe, et al. In depth readings and analysis, as well as historical and musical context are emphasized and explored. Please note: this course is offered at the Jazzschool Institute.

ENG110

Introduction to Shakespeare: From Plays to Works

English Literature Requirement / Elective

3 credits, 3 hours lecture

A course examining three selected Shakespeare plays and poetry such as Twelfth Night, Othello, the Sonnets, and Antony and Cleopatra with an emphasis on historical context — from the Renaissance to the present. The shift from Shakespeare’s theatre as raw commercial entertainment to its status today as preeminent drama is analogous to the evolution of jazz as early twentieth century entertainment found in brothels, bars and dance halls, to its status today as a serious art form. Working in seminar format, students consider problems of poetry, character and performance and attend a live performance of one of the plays, schedule permitting. Please note: this course is offered at the Jazzschool Institute.

The following courses fulfill the Jazzschool Institute English Communication General Studies requirements and have been approved for transfer from Berkeley City College:

ENGL 1A, 1B Composition and Reading (4 credits)

ENGL 5 Critical Thinking in Reading and Writing (3 credits)

ENGL 100 College Composition and Reading (3 credits)

HISTORY 47 Critical Thinking in History (3 credits)