General Student Comments:
- I'm really enjoying the course. Im excited
about he subject matter.
- I will recommend the course to other students
- aProf. Estabrook is very knowledgeable in the
art of jazz music and it's history. Great Stuff!
- The instructor has excelled in finding and
providing compelling and exciting little stories within the different
course sections. These are interesting and riveting which makes jazz
fun and easy to learn about.
- I have found my learning experience with Pete
to be a positive one. He is effective in his lectures and shows genuine
interest in the subject.
- The instructor provides a wealth of
historically relavent input, is highly informative of the jazz ensemble
components and an over-all easy to be with instructor.
- Pete seems to be well versed in Jazz. His
expertise is demonstrated by his clear lectures.
- Thanks for a great semester. I'm glad you were
able to give me a greater appreciation for that aspect of culture. I
still have some work to do, but at least I'm no longer 100% clueless
when it comes to music.
- Thanks for teaching us. You are a cool guy in
my book. I like your passion for the music.
- Thank you for everything. It has been
enlightening and fun.
- I really enjoyed this calss. Thank you.
- Thanks so much. I enjoyed the class a lot and
learned a ton. Even though I have played in jazz bands and all that, I
really found a new interest in the music and thanks for making it
- He presented a great deal of
information in an easy to understand manner.
- The instruictor has
demonstrated enthusiasm toward student dialogue in the class, along
with detailed awareness of the subject matter.
- Peter was a fine musical
mentor and gladly spends time teaching and learning with us
- You said, "In our failure to
emulate others, we find ourselves". That is a statement I'll keep with
me forever. It meant a lot to me. Thank you.
Responses to the question:
"What was the most unexpected thing did you learn this
- I learned a lot more than I expected.
- How much jazz music has played a huge role in
today's musical industry.
- I enjoy jazz and no can not stop listening to
it. It influences my music.
- I learned that it will only take a little
practice and much listening to kindle my interest in jazz anew.I have
learned about more artists that I will enjoy in the future.
- I learned that listening carefully and
accurately to jazz is an aquired skill.
- When I started, I know nothing about jazz and
very little about music. This class has given me an appreciaton of
musical artestry for jazz itself. Not only can I hear the
instrumentation, I realize how the sound is achieved. Thank you.
- From an evolutionary perspective, it must be
more important to be flexible and adaptable than to develop a concrete
internal expession. Or, maybe, once you have the concrete eternal sense
of expression then you need to learn to retain it amidst a world
- I learned that I can enjoy avant garde music.
I had always thought, from what little I had heard, that I would
dislike it. But, stuff like Coltrane, I really enjoy.
- I had no idea that jazz was a multi-faceted
genre. I will take what I've learned and continue to build on it.
- I was unaware that so many other styles of
music are linked to jazz (like swing and funk).
- I learned how big of an impact as well as how
jazz piioneered the develpment of music we listen to nowadays.
- I learned how much I like Duke Ellington and
relearned how much I love Herbie Hancock.
- Pop culture in general overshadown the styles
and foundations of what and where all of this started. I felt like I
was able to hear it for what it was, understand the ideas and passion,
and appreciate how music is truely a universal language.
- I learned about the amount and variety of
improvisation and interaction in the music. There are many types of
jazz, so there is somehting for everyone. The fact that much of the
music is improvised gives me a new respect for the music.
- I realized how much more complex jazz is. I
always thought of it as background music to my dad's office. Now I am
able to identify instruments and I was able to learn about the greates
jazz players ever.
- I learned that jazz is something that is not
learned like in an an ordinary class. You can pay attention in class
but it is more of something you must teach yourself.
- I really learned the styles and what musicians
really brought to jazz and how it was formed. It has opened my ears to
a whole new style of music that I can enjoy.
- I learned that the avant-garde is a legitimate
and respectable art-form and that I can accept and enjoy it.
- I learned that there is an incredible
diversity and variety fo jazz styles. I was also surprised to learn so
much history in relation to music and the effect culture had on it.
- I think the origins of jazz really surprised
me; not necessarily single facts, but the entire evolution. Also, I
have a lot to learn about what's likeable and how to dive into what may
not be initially enjoyable but still try to understand what the
musicans were thinking.