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HISTORY OF AMERICAN POPULAR MUSICWhat can One Song tell you?Research Paper and Prospectus Due Dates:The Research Paper is due-Submitted in Canvas on Friday May 29, 2015 by 11:59 P.M.SEATTLE CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE MUSIC 161 DIVISION OF HUMANITIESHISTORY OF AMERICAN POPULAR MUSICSpring 2015Daily: 12-12:50P.M. Room: BA 101Professor: James CauterOffice: BA 201Telephone: 206.934.2010E-Mail: [email protected] Hours: Daily 8:00A.M. - 8:50A.MCOURSE DESCRIPTION:Music 161--History of American Popular Music presents an extensive multifaceted survey of this vital contribution to world culture. American Popular Music encompasses numerous genres that continue to evolve and influence each other. It is a direct reflection of our diverse society and the natural need for music to serve as a means of social and political expression, and as an artistic and emotional release. Through readings, recordings, video, lecture, and live performances, the genres presented in Music 161 are: Tin Pan Alley composers--the American Popular Song; the American Musical Theater; African-American Sacred and Secular Music—Country/Delta Blues, Classic Blues, Urban Blues, Spirituals, Gospel; Jazz—, Folk Music, the origins of Country Music, Bluegrass, Rhythm and Blues, the Folk Revival of the 1950’s, Soul Music, Motown, and Rock and Roll.LEARNING OBJECTIVES:- Students will recognize and distinguish between various musical styles of American Popular Music.- Students will view music as an expression of our evolving society.- Students will demonstrate an understanding the African-American experience, with its social, economic, political challenges, and musical outcomes.- Students will be able to make connections between the musical past and the musical present.- Students will develop broader musical tastes and tolerances to include many types of music.- Students will recognize composers and performing artists representing the numerous genres of American Popular Music.- Students will initially develop or increase their knowledge and understanding of the basic elements of music.- Students will develop a deeper personal response to artistic expression and the creation of it through more perceptive viewing and listening.- Students will develop reading, writing, and listening skills as applied to the subject of music.- Students will demonstrate critical, reflective thought, clearly communicated through oral and written expression.MUSIC 161Page 2REQUIRED TEXT:Starr, Larry, and Waterman, Christopher American Popular Music: from Minstrelsy to MP3New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 2013 (4rd Edition) ISBN: 9780199859115Optional further reading during the course and beyond:Azerrad, Michael Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 New York: Little, Brown (July 31, 2001) 0316063797Baraka, Amiri (LeRoi Jones) Blues People: Negro Music in White AmericaNew York: Harper Perennial Inc., 1963. (1st Quill edition 2002).Cepeda, Raquel (Editor) George, Nelson (Foreword),And It Don't Stop : The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 YearsFaber and Faber, Inc., 2004DeSalvo, Debra The Language of the BluesNew York: Billboard Books, 2006Guralnick, Peter Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians New York: BackBay Books (July 1, 1999) ISBN-10: 0316332747 Lomax, Alan The Land Where The Blues Began,New York: New Press Inc., 2002.Marcus, Greil Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll: Fifth Edition New York: Plume, 2008. ISBN-10: 0452289181Mezzrow, Mezz Really The BluesSecaucus NJ: Citadel (January 27, 1998) ISBN-10: 0806512059 Ramsey, Guthrie P. Jr. Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop (Music of the African Diaspora)Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004Rose, Tricia Black Noise,Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press, 1994MUSIC 161Page 3PROFESSIONAL HELP:Our wonderful Seattle Central Library features the most helpful and knowledgeablelibrarians I have ever worked with – go there and seek out their assistance often!Additionally, they have prepared an amazing Study Guide just for this class:http://libguides.seattlecentral.edu/MUSC161/Cauter/F14Click on this link and get started now!COURSE REQUIREMENTS:You will need to Login to Canvas to access all assignments and to submit your work:LOG ON AT: https://canvas.seattlecentral.edu/loginUSERNAME: All Students Your student ID number (example: 980112222)PASSWORD: All Students Your password is the first 6 letters of your last name. Examples: Kelly O'Brien = obrien Jill Wu= wuwuwu.1. The American Popular Music Experience Journal – Your Daily Notes and Personal ReflectionsStudents will SAVE their Daily Class Notes and Personal Reflections each day in ONE FILE--preferably a Microsoft WORD file. Students will submit their Daily Class Notes and Personal Reflections every two weeks in one file and a copy/paste in the Text Box throughout the quarter in Canvas.The first Daily Class Notes and Personal Reflections submission will be in ONE FILE that when opened contains the notes and reflections from Monday April 6, 2015, followed by the notes and reflections from Tuesday April 7, 2015, followed by the notes and reflections from Wednesday April 8, 2015 etc., all the way through the class we will have on Friday April 17, 2015. Weeks 1 & 2 Daily Class Notes and Personal Reflections 4-06 through 4-17 - Due in Canvas on Saturday April 18, 2015Weeks 3 & 4 Daily Class Notes and Personal Reflections 4-20 through 5-1 - Due in Canvas on Saturday May 2, 2015Weeks 5 & 6 Daily Class Notes and Personal Reflections 5-4 through 5-15 - Due in Canvas on Saturday May 16, 2015Weeks 7 & 8 Daily Class Notes and Personal Reflections 5-18 through 5-29 - Due in Canvas on Saturday May 30, 2015Weeks 9 & 10 Daily Class Notes and Personal Reflections 6-1 through 6-12 - Due in Canvas on Saturday June 13, 2015MUSIC 161Page 4Your American Popular Music Experience Journal – Daily Notes and PersonalReflections will contain the following for each class day:Your NameThe Date of the Class- The content of the lecture and/or presentation (your notes from that day).- Your Response to the lecture and to the music you listened to in class that day.- Your Reflection on what you experienced musically in class that class day. - Identify anything that was new to you. - Did you understand something about music that day that you did not know before? Be sure to


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