2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

FPA 236 - History of Popular Music in America

The history of popular music as a part of American culture will be examined starting with minstrel shows and the music of Stephen Foster and continuing through to Rock of the late twentieth century. Critical listening, including a basic understanding of the principles underlying music composition, and academic engagement of popular forms will be emphasized. This class is directed at developing an understanding of the history of and role popular music has played in the development of the American culture. Societal issues such as race, gender roles and politics will be discussed as well. Classroom use of recorded examples will be used, student analysis of critical commentary will be included, as well as student attendance at a live on-campus performance.
Credits: 3
Offered When Needed