MUS-225 History of American Popular Music

A survey of the most significant styles of American popular music in chronological order, beginning with the roots and continuing through the present day.

The course is designed to help the student think creatively and critically about popular music. Several recurring themes will be explored throughout the course: the interaction of European American, African American, and Latin American traditions, the influence of mass media and technology, the role of popular music as a symbol of identity.