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MUS-314 Music in the United States

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course surveys the diverse musical styles in the United States through listening, discussion and analysis.  Students experience the broad spectrum of American music including concert music, popular music, country music, traditional and folk music, religious music, and jazz in an historical and sociological way.  Special emphasis is given to the emergence and impact of women in the U.S. as performers and composers from the 19th century to the present.  The course fulfills the general education requirements in fine arts and cross-cultural studies.  [3 credits]

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Explore the elements of music
  2. Examine traditional, folk, popular, religious, and art/concert music of the United States in a historical and sociological way
  3. Address the aesthetic of each musical style and its correlation with other art forms

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Class participation
  2. Short summary papers based on outside listening and reading assignments for class sessions
  3. Class presentation of an assigned musical selection during class
  4. Final Examination

REQUIRED/RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK(S) OR MATERIALS:

Access the bookstore website at www.ndm.bncollege.com  for textbook information.

OTHER COURSE INFORMATION:

  • Class attendance and participation for each class session is required.  Do no register for this course unless you will attend all class sessions.

Bring the textbook to the first class and to each subsequent class.