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MUS 1040 - American Popular Music


Study of the development of popular music in the American tradition by musical analysis, style comparison and coverage of the performers and their music's impact. Concurrent: ENGL 1010 [F,S.Su] Note(s): This course examines the historical significance of popular music in the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present. Its focus is on the cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions of genres ranging from Tin Pam Alley to blues, jazz, country, folk, and rock music. In studying the history of the cultural milieu and social issues from which each genre arose, students will learn to see both music and lyrics as texts, actively engaging in a space that incorporates research and collaborative assignments in a writing-intensive approach to the material. Primary components of course materials include readings, selected primary and secondary documents, and an active listening/visual mix of select performances.

Fulfills a General Education requirement.

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