Dec 10, 2023
MUSC 107 - American Popular Music 5 Credits
A cultural survey of the seven streams of American popular music: pop, country, rhythm and blues, jazz, folk, gospel and rock.
Course Note Previously MUSIC 107.
Quarters Typically Offered
Designed to Serve Any student, musician or layperson, who has a serious interest in American popular music and culture.
Active Date 2012-09-28
Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
The Seven Streams of American Popular Music
1. American Popular Music
a. The Birth of American Popular Music in the 19th Century
b. Tin Pan Alley
c. The American Musical Theatre
2. African American Traditions
b. Rhythm and blues
4. Country Music
b. Country and Western
5. America’s Folk Music
Student Learning Outcomes
To delineate the seven streams of American popular music
To situate American popular music within the context of those cultural, economic, political, social, technological, and artistic forces that have configured it.
To situate American popular music within the broader context of twentieth century music and thought.
To demarcate popular/mass cultural artifacts from those springing from folk and elite cultures.
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