MUH 2019 - History of American Popular Music
Requirements Met: AATR, GR, GE
General Education Area: Group 1 Humanities
Prerequisite(s): REA 0017 and ENC 0025 with a grade of C or better or ENC 0027C with a grade of C or better or score out on appropriate placement test.
This course is an introduction to American Popular music from the late 19th Century to the recent past. No music performance skills are required
This course concerns both cultural awareness and critical thinking skills, as detailed in the following learning outcomes that each student should meet by the end of the course:
1) Students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize readings, audio examples, group discussions, and other course material resulting in a logical and coherent understanding of the given topic.
2) Students will begin to develop the necessary skills to both objectively analyze and subjectively appreciate select various works of American Popular music based on repeated listening.
3) Students will demonstrate the ability to provide a basic analysis and interpretation of select works of music by discussing their major elements using the appropriate vocabulary.
4) Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize and/or identify stylistic traits, major themes, cultural significance, and social function of select works of American Popular music.
5) Topics for study and discussion will include (A) musical instruments and performance techniques, (B) singing styles and related vocal techniques, (C) genres and forms, and (D) aspects of culture, society, history and geography as they relate to the music of the United States in that era.
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