Apr 20, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HU 488 - Music History & Appreciation

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course will give the student an opportunity to deepen their understanding of “what makes music great”, and to appreciate those elements that combine to cause music to uniquely touch human beings. Adult professionals in the field trained at our university must have social and cultural sophistication in their lives in order to fit readily into the corporate or medical world. This class is designed to make you a better professional by teaching you a “non-musicians” appreciation for the beauty and complexity of music and by introducing you to some of the remarkable musical eras that have produced the modern musical world. (prereq: none) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the history of modern popular music
  • Describe the evolution of popular music in three genres–country, jazz, and punk rock–throughout the twentieth century
  • Understand the issues, ideas, and environments that helped give birth to musical forms
  • Recognize that music is more than simply the sum of its notes: it is about how we live our lives

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Listening to reason: learning to study music (3 classes)
  • The creation of modern country music (3 classes)
  • Country music comes of age (3 classes)
  • The birth of the cool: jazz in America (3 classes)
  • The cool goes global: Monk in France–and beyond (3 classes)
  • From jazz to–what? The legacy of an American art form (3 classes)
  • The return of the 70s (3 classes)
  • The rise of punk rock (3 classes)
  • The fall(?) of punk rock (3 classes)
  • The current landscape of American popular music (3 classes)

Dr. Michael Carriere

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