MUSI 405 (1SY) - Survey of Music in America

Survey of Music in America

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Music
Course Delivery Method: Scheduled meeting time, Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   120  
CRN: 53697
From colonial times to the present, including various European influences, the quest for an American style, and the emergence of such indigenous phenomena as jazz. This course does not fulfill a music major program requirement nor does it satisfy the Fine and Performing Arts Discovery requirement for any music major program. (Formerly MUSI 511).
You must sign up in the Dept Office before registering through WEBCAT.
Equivalent(s): MUSI 511
Attributes: Fine&PerformingArts(Discovery)
Instructors: Rose Pruiksma

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 TR 3:40pm - 5:00pm ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 

 

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This course explores the rich and diverse history of musicking in the United States from the colonial era to the present, with attention to the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of a variety of musics and musical practices.  Looking at the various layers of musical cultures, from Native Americans, Puritans, Spanish and French Jesuits, Moravians, Shakers, African Americans, and the various immigrant communities of the 19th century and beyond, we will cover a range of material as we think about the notion of a distinct “American” musical identity and its various manifestations.  Over the course of the semester, we will experience and explore the multiplicity of that “identity”: the idea of “American” music is, in fact, as varied and diverse as the many peoples who make up the population of the U.S.  

We will cover music drawn from the “classical,” “popular,” and “traditional” spheres—terms drawn from Richard Crawford’s (our textbook author) categories of American music as we explore the interactions between music, politics, history, social life, and the creation of identity across time.  Students are responsible for all of the assigned reading and listening; assignments will include listening and reading, and sometimes, viewing of video excerpts (some of which we will watch in class).  From time to time, I will supplement the textbook with additional reading, posted as pdf files or JSTOR links on Canvas.

Required Textbook: ebook version:  Richard Crawford and Larry Hamberlin, An Introduction to America's Music, Third Edition (New York; London: W W Norton, 2018)
https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393668285

Ebook includes access to audio materials as well as the book and listening guides.

Booklist

Required Textbook: ebook version: Richard Crawford and Larry Hamberlin, An Introduction to America's Music, Third Edition (New York; London: W W Norton, 2018) https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393668285 Ebook includes access to audio materials as well as the book and listening guides.