American Popular Music

American Popular Music: From the Blues to Hip-Hop (and Beyond)
In this course we will use a broad historical approach to investigate the musical and cultural history of American Popular Music, from Minstrels and the Blues to the present moment, focusing on both the historical context and the social and political impacts of various musical styles, and centering on the contributions of culture and gender diversity of the artist. We will also explore how the business of the music industry and the technological developments and trends of the 20th and 21st Centuries have impacted - and been impacted by - the music itself. Class meetings will combine lectures with pointed discussion and critical listening to cover key points, and assignments will involve further listening.
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MUSC 0103

All Sections in Spring 2023

Spring 2023

MUSC0103A-S23 Lecture (Saulnier)