MUSC 1043 - American Popular Music: The Musical Melting Pot of the World
(TCCNS = MUSI 1310)3 (3-0)
The course will enhance the student’s appreciation and understanding of music already known, as well as introduce less familiar styles and genres. Students will understand American popular music within the context of the history of America since 1840. Students will be able to hear a popular song and be able to identify it by style and time period, become more aware of how popular music is advertised, sold and consumed in a global economy. Students will develop critical listening skills and become more informed consumers of popular music exploring several recurring themes throughout the course: (1) Analyze changing features of popular music in America; (2) Understand elements of music that define songs by style and genre; (3) Appreciation of a variety of musical genres and songs; (4) The influence of mass media, economy and technology of popular music; and (5) The role of popular music as a symbol of identity (race, class, gender, and generation).