MUSICOL 450 - Music in U S
Section: 001 Leonard Bernstein
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
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Graduate students elect MUSICOL 550.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The goal of the course is three-fold: it offers an overview of musical activity in what is now the United States of America, from the 1500s and extending to the present. Secondly, it examines the function of music in American life. Finally, the course endeavors to place students into the role of historians to encourage a critical engagement with facts and their interpretation. By looking at the whole of American music history in a single course, we can observe continuities and disjunctions that might otherwise go unnoticed. While background lectures offer historical context for the course, this class will be taught as a research workshop with students completing a series of original projects with a focus on topics of special interest to them. Students excited to dig into the complexities of history and interpretation will enjoy this course. Selected course units will dig deeper into specific areas of American musical history, including but not limited to "The Star-Spangled Banner," Sacred Harp singing, the orchestra in America, the Gershwin brothers, and music in and on film.

Course Requirements:

Small assignments will be required for most class sessions with research projects due each month. Classroom activities will include discussion, presentation, role-playing, and active engagement with primary source documents and online history databases.

Intended Audience:

Students taking the course should have some background in previous music history classes. The ability to read music notation is helpful but not required. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 550.

MUSICOL 450 - Music in U S
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001 (LEC)
MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
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