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MUS 160 - American Popular Music


Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Description
This course surveys American popular music from 19th-century folk songs to the present day. It addresses the forms, styles, performance practices and socio-cultural aspects of various genres of American popular music. Lectures are designed to synthesize popular music with American culture through analytical listening and source study.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Recognize the essential attributes of various American popular music styles.
  2. Identify important composers, performers and compositions by name through listening.
  3. Summarize important developments in American popular music history.
  4. Compare and contrast various genres of American popular music.
  5. Synthesize American popular music styles with their socio-cultural context.
Listed Topics
  1. Folk music
  2. Minstrelsy
  3. Blues
  4. Ragtime
  5. Jazz
  6. Rock music
  7. Country music
  8. Musical Theatre
  9. Rap/Hip-Hop
Reference Materials
textbook, CDs, internet
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 12/15/2014


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