Catalogue 2020 - 2021

MUS 120 American Popular Music


3 cr.

Course Description

This course is designed to be an introduction to the art of song as found in a wide range of American forms such as folk, musical theater, jazz, pop, and rock. Attention will be paid to the origins of music and the contexts in which it has been performed. The course aims to help students identify not only various genres but well-known singers and songs as well, and, for musical theater, some of the shows the songs are from. Poetic content and artistry of lyrics will be examined. Basic concepts of musicianship will also be covered (rhythm, meter, pitch, style, harmony, voice parts, instrumentation, etc.), as they pertain to the recordings.


Formerly MUS 320


in alternate years.