Jun 16, 2019  
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MUS 113 - Spirituals to Hip Hop: American Music of the African Diaspora


This course is an introduction to the history of the musics of the African diaspora.  It is designed to introduce students to tools for critical listening and concepts for study, applied to the rich and multifaceted musical cultures of black Americans.  We will examine the contributions of musicians of African descent to western art music as interpreters and creators, as well as to the genres of ragtime, blues, jazz, gospel, soul, R&B, disco, hip-hop and rap.  We will focus on the musical forms, content, and styles of these repertoires, and locate them in their historical, political, and cultural contexts.

Credits: 3
Hours
3 Class Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the significant time periods in African-American music history, from its earliest days to present.
  2. Identify and describe the various genres, performers, and creators of African-American music.
  3. Define the musical structures and forms of popular musical styles pioneered by black musicians and composers.
  4. Distinguish the characteristics of the black music across genres.
  5. Communicate about, reflect upon, and reason about the contributions to national and international culture made by diverse Americans.




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