Omposition and Improvisation, Has Jazz fully become an Art Form?

Answer the following question and each assignment needs to be no more than one or two paragraphs in length.

Respond to the reading and identify those points in jazzs history where you think the balance between the two cultural traditions favored composition over improvisation.
Does the music reflect other Western European musical attributes? Do the same for those periods where the oral tradition was dominant.

Respond to the online lectures for this lesson, and connect them to what you see happening in the world of American music today. Where do you think the leading edge of music is?
How is jazz rising to the challenge rock presents it with?
Do you think the current jazz mainstream will be redirected anytime soon?
In thinking about the whole course, what are some things have stood out for you?
How have your feelings and thoughts about jazz changed? If so, how?