Course Descriptions


MUSC 101D American Music (3)

Kay Etheridge 

CRN 25 Limit 35
3-week Pre Session (6/3 – 6/21)
1:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

This course will explore a variety of musical styles and practices from the late 1800s to the present, including blues, jazz, folk, rock, musical theater, art music, and the many faces of popular music. Historical and cultural aspects will be examined in order to better understand how political events, cultural values, social norms, and racial and gender discrimination influenced each of these musical styles. Topics will include nationalism in post-war years, lyrical sexism in popular music, Tin Pan Alley and the greatest years of American songwriting, the rise of rock ‘n roll, folk music as protest, and the golden age of the American musical. How are all of these styles linked together as forms of American music, and when does music in America become American music. No previous musical training is necessary. This course fulfills a core curriculum requirement under Fine Arts. Note: course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled as of Monday, May 13.