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MUS 197

First-Year Seminar

A seminar focused on a theme in the study of music. Open only to first-year students.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

Fall Semester information

Matthew Balensuela

197A: FYS:American Popular Music

A broad, historical survey of popular music in America from the 19th to the 21st centuries (vaudeville to streaming). While the central narrative of the class will be the development of musical styles of popular songs (with an emphasis on developing critical listening skills), the course will also be concerned with the roles of race, gender, dance, fashion, slang, social justice, and evolving sound recording technologies in shaping American popular music styles.