MUSC 1045 - Popular Music in American Society
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab None
Course Description: This course surveys the history of American popular music from the 1950s to the present. The course examines the development of various music styles, such as rock and hip-hop, and explores the relationship between cultural trends and popular music. Notable recordings and musicians will be studied.
6 Humanities/Fine Arts, 7 Human Diversity
- American political, social and economic history as it pertains to popular music
- Cultural trends and influences on popular music
- Marketing and the Music Industry
- Possible styles and trends of music to be surveyed: Western European and West African origins of the blues The Blues Jazz Country Rockabilly Popular music through television (ex. American Band Stand) West Coast Surf Folk and Folk Rock Rock Hybrids The British Invasion Motown and Soul Acid Rock Disco Punk Rock Heavy Metal Grunge MTV and the video age New Wave and Synth- Pop Electronica: Rave, Techno and House Rap & Hip-Hop Recent Trends: Rage- Rock, Ska, Jam Bands Postmodernism in Popular Music
- Structural elements of music
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- Recount recent American history as it pertains to influences popular music
- Evaluate the relationship between the music industry, artists, and the public
- Identify notable artists and the various musical styles of popular music
- Describe how music expresses the values of mass culture, counter-cultures, and subcultures
- Describe and identify the structural elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, etc.)
Competency 1 (1-6)
06. 02. Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
06. 03. Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
06. 05. Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
Competency 2 (7-10)
07. 01. Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States’ history and culture.
07. 02. Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
07. 04. Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
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