MUSICOL 450 - Music in U S
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
Advisory Prerequisites:
May not be repeated for credit.
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The goal of the course is two-fold:

  1. to offer an overview of music's development in what is now the United States of America, beginning in the 1500s and extending to the present and
  2. to examine the function of music in American life.

Recognizing that American musics are part of virtually every student's experience, this course is designed to illuminate connections, as well as explore links among the musical traditions of Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America. By looking at the whole of American music history in a single course, we can observe continuities and disjunctions that might otherwise go unnoticed. We will use UM emeritus professor Richard Crawford's textbook, An Introduction to America's Music, and its accompanying CD set. Taking performance, rather than composition, as its primary focus, the book examines five centuries of music making on the North American continent. Course work will center on reading, close listening, musical and cultural analysis, discussion, class performances, and group projects, including further development of the "Living Music" web pages for the School of Music's American Music Institute. Students will be asked to write a number of short papers. There will be weekly quizzes, but no exams. Graduate students, in addition to the regular assignments, will write a term paper on a topic of their choice, selected in consultation with the instructor.

MUSICOL 450 - Music in U S
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001 (LEC)
MWF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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