AMST/MUS 38A — American Music: From Psalms to Hip Hop

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Open to music majors and non-majors. Formerly offered as MUS 38a.

Explores the many varieties of folk, popular, and art music in American culture. We will focus on the stylistic development of select repertoires beginning with 18thcentury New England Psalm singing and African American traditions and continuing on through folk, jazz, art, pop, rock, and hip hop music. Throughout the course, music serves as a lens to examine diverse aspects of American culture and history with an emphasis on America’s shifting definition of identity. No musical background is required. Usually offered every third year.
Paula Musegades