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MUSC 110
History of American Music


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Humanities]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
Many scholars believe the blues and jazz are America's only truly original contributions to the art music of the world. We will explore how the rich cultural diversity in America provided the fertile soil for the growth of such unique music, tracing the roots from West Africa and Western Europe to the original blues of the Mississippi Delta, to the birth of jazz in New Orleans and its evolution to today's eclectic music scene. By listening to such artists as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis and others, this course is designed to help the student gain a deeper and richer appreciation of the many voices that make up America's music. The more we listen, the more we hear!

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Critically analyze American music.
  • Apply major terms, vocabulary, methods, concepts, and theories relevant to American music.
  • Identify formal musical structures and instruments.
  • Identify and differentiate artists and their music from various style periods.
  • Debate the social implications of artistic expression.
  • Describe the cultural and historical significance of American music.
  • Examine the interdependence of musicians, their music, and society.

  • Course Topics
  • Music Orientation: Learning to listen, the instruments, terminology, compositional form.
  • Musical influences from West Africa and Western Europe style periods, the decades and musicians of American jazz:
    • Pre-1920 — Work songs, blues, ragtime, marching bands
    • Early jazz:
      • 1920's — New Orleans Jazz
      • 1930's — Big Band Swing
    • Modern jazz:
      • 1940's — Bebop
      • 1950's — Cool, West Coast Cool, Hard Bop
      • 1960's — Free
      • 1970's — Fusion
      • 1980's — Hip Hop, Computer Electronics
      • 1990's — Neo-Classic
    • Today's music

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    MUSC 110
    Spring 2017
    7569
    Thomas Simon
    MUSC 110
    Winter 2017
    7533
    Thomas Simon
    MUSC 110
    Spring 2016
    7569
    Thomas Simon
    MUSC 110
    Winter 2016
    7533
    Thomas Simon
    MUSC 110
    Fall 2015
    7502
    Thomas Simon


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
    X
    X
    X
    X
     
    X
    X
    X
    X
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.