Music: American Sounds: Words & Music

MU 095 OL2 (CRN: 60670)

3 Credit Hours

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About MU 095 OL2

American Sounds is a survey of American folk music, focusing on music of European and African ancestry (including ballads, blues, old-time, bluegrass). It explores the relationship between folk and popular culture and the process of cultural interaction in the United States with particular emphasis on the relationship between African and Anglo/Celtic cultural elements and contributions. The course Blackboard (Web) site contains many of audio and video materials. The main text is Leroi Jones' Blues People (along with articles and portions of other books). There will be several short papers and a term paper/project.

Instructor

Mark Greenberg ()

Notes

Dates: June 30 - August 8, 2014; For Music 95 only, not available for major or minor credit.

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Section Description

American Sounds is a survey of American folk music, focusing on music of European and African ancestry (including ballads, blues, old-time, bluegrass). It explores the relationship between folk and popular culture and the process of cultural interaction in the United States with particular emphasis on the relationship between African and Anglo/Celtic cultural elements and contributions. The course Blackboard (Web) site contains many of audio and video materials. The main text is Leroi Jones' Blues People (along with articles and portions of other books). There will be several short papers and a term paper/project.

Section Expectation

1. Each weekly unit contains lots of audio and video clips. They are essential and are possibly the most important part of the course, and I expect you to listen to and watch all of them carefully along with the materials listed under Audio & Video. 2. Complete all the readings on time. 3. Submit all papers and projects on time. There will be 3 short (up to c. 600 words) papers, one slightly longer paper (up to 1,000) words, and a course project (due at the end). 4. Participate in on-line discussions. 5. Submit 2 evaluations at the end of the course: a self-assessment (for me only) and an assessment of the course and me (for UVM). 6. You are expected to spend an average of 2 hours/day on this course.

Evaluation

1. Papers: 25% (each paper not submitted = 0; late papers = minus 1 grade, unless you've made special arrangements with me) 2. Course Project 40% 3. Participation in Discussions 15% 4. Use of course materials (audio, video, readings) 20%

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