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Course Description:

What are the roots of the music that Americans listen to today? How have the ways Americans listen to music changed and how have these changes affected musical tastes and listening habits? Are songs that Americans listen to creations of commercial enterprises, individual artists or products of a cultural environment? As a nation composed of many different cultures that have influenced each other, America has produced many forms of music known as uniquely “American.” Students in this course will explore the origins and development variety of the musical styles listened to in America. They will examine the impact of a myriad of cultural influences: commercial, economic, technological and social upon the development of American popular music. The course will allow students a great deal of choice in their exploration of musical history. They will engage in interactive discussions including the creation and exchange of playlists. Students will also have the option to access the course through their mobile devices. Although a smart phone is not required for the course, students that do have a smart phone with a data plan will be able to interact with the course the same way they listen to their music, on the go.

Prerequisites: advanced level reading, writing and research skills

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in The Arts.

This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: The Arts-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Summer. Fall 1.

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