MUSICOL 450 - Music in U S
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course surveys musical activity in what is now the United States of America, from the 1500s and extending to the present. It also examines the functions of music in American life, and endeavors to place students into the role of historians to encourage a critical engagement with facts and their interpretation. Recognizing that courses on American classical music, jazz, rock and roll, musical theatre, and African American music are taught in the School of Music, and that many American genres are part of virtually every student's experience, the instructor has designed this course with the hope of illuminating connections among these and other kinds of American music, as well as links among the musical traditions of Europe, Africa, and North and South 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. This course will use UM emeritus professor Richard Crawford’s trade book, America’s Musical Life: A History. 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 include reading, close listening, writing, discussion, a class recital, and projects, including an oral history interview for the LivingMusic website of the School’s American Music Institute. Students will present their interpretive work in short papers and select from a range of options for a final, original research project to be presented in a poster format on the last day of class. There will be two exams.

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