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Indiana University: Best School Ever?

If my alma mater had offered jazz studies courses like the Indiana University School of Music IUPUI does, I would have studied less and failed a few classes (well, a few more classes) in an effort to stay around longer than four years. Check this out: two undergraduate courses at the school have their enrollees attending the Indy JazzFest in order to “absorb the world of jazz.” Sure, there are assignments to hand in and class discussions to participate in, but we can’t call that work.

The first course, Intro to the JazzFest: Live, is a short one, just two periods of classroom activity, plus the festival. The second is a six-week, upper level class presumably for those students who already know the difference between plain, old bebop and fresh, exciting hard bop. Indy U students ought to find the following details on the courses helpful:

Intro to the JazzFest: Live – This short course meets Tuesday, June 10, 2003 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM. Students will then attend Indy JazzFest absorbing the world of jazz as presented by local and international artists. They will meet again Tuesday, June 17, 2003 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM to hand in assignments and discuss the event. This course is being offered as variable credit, 1 to 2 hours.

Indy JazzFest/The Experience – This six-week course is designed for jazz enthusiasts to spend time delving into the style and career of artists who will be appearing at Indy JazzFest. Semester begins May 14, 2003 through June 25, 2003. Students will be required to attend the event, observing and “experiencing.” This is a 3 credit hour, upper level class.

Interested students should contact Pam Ross at (317) 274-4000, ext. #2 for registration information.

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