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MUS 440SEM - Seminar In American Music
Seminar In American Music VAN Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   24686   Enrollment Capacity:   30
Section:   VAN   Enrollment Total:   10
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   20
Dates:   01/27/2020 - 05/08/2020   Status:   OPEN
Days, Time:   T R , 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Room:   Remote view map
Location:   North Campus      
The course American Music focuses on vernacular music of 1840-1940, a time when American popular entertainment flourished through a variety of media (sheet music, live performance, film, and radio) and American composers strove to define their voices through use of the vernacular. The class explores the ways American music has functioned as secular entertainment while addressing matters of cultural and musical hierarchies as well as notions of race, gender, and class in American society. We will also consider what constitutes American music in particular historical contexts: who is the audience, what are the sonic qualities of particular genres and styles, how do composers of art music position themselves as American, and what are the main trends in American art and popular music. Each week we will dive into a particular genre of music, discuss the salient features. The types of music that will be covered in class will be ragtime, blues, swing, country music, Tin Pan Alley, musicals, and American composition.
  Course Description
Music majors only or by permission of instructor.
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