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Course Information

Year 2019  School School of Culture, Media and Society
Course Title
American Music


Instructor CHAN, Edward K.
Term/Day/Period spring quarter  01:Tues.6/02:Fri.3
Category Lectures Eligible Year 2nd year and above Credits 2
Classroom 01:31-208/02:31-208 Campus Toyama
Course Key 2321510039 Course Class Code 01
Main Language English
  Course Code ARSF281L
First Academic disciplines Area Studies
Second Academic disciplines North American Studies
Third Academic disciplines Others
Level Intermediate, developmental and applicative Types of lesson Lecture
  Open Courses

Syllabus Information

Latest Update:2019/03/05 16:52:50

Course Outline  In this course, students will learn about the history of American popular music, starting from the late 19th century to the end of the 20thcentury. We will cover the various musical styles that have developed in the United States, including jazz, Tin Pan Alley, the blues, R&B, rock, soul, and hip hop. (The framework of the course is based on the textbook American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3s by Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman.) The course will be conducted entirely in English. Please note that this is neither an ethnomusicology nor a musicology course, but more like cultural history and popular culture studies. It provides an overview of American popular music and an opportunity to think about its historical and social context.
Objectives  Students will become familiar with the various forms of American popular music. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their English-language reading, writing, listening, and discussion skills.
before/after course of study  There will be weekly reading assignments. Students will also create a group presentation.
Course Schedule  (subject to change)
 1  Course introduction
 2  Three streams of American popular music
 3  The 19th and early 20th centuries
 4  The 1920s-1930s: Jazz and Tin Pan Alley
 5  The 1920s-1930s: The blues, hillbilly music, and early country music
 6  The 1930s-1940s: The swing era
 7  Exam 1
 8  The 1940s-1950s: The Postwar Era and Rock and Roll
 9  The 1960s
 10  The 1970s
 11  The 1980s
 12  The 1990s
 13  Exam 2
 14  Presentations
 15  Presentations, course wrap-up
Textbooks  Readings provided on Course N@vi.
Evaluation  Two exams 60%
 Presentation 30%
 Participation/In-class activities 10%

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