10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW
Mason Korea (119 Songdomunhwa-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea) G106
Section Information for Fall 2022
This course offers a general overview of popular music in twentieth and the early twenty first century America. Throughout the semester, we explore many different genres of popular music including: Blues, Swing, Rock and Roll, Motown, Hip hop, etc. We study how these genres evolved and influenced each other over time. Another important dimension of the course will be learning the relations between popular music and society, copyright, and globalization.
Since music is the focal point of the course, assignments include readings, listening to music, and videos about popular music. Therefore, of course, students are going to listen to a number of songs. Some of them are unfamiliar, while others may be their favorites. However, not just to listen to and enjoy music, this course will provide how to 'read' and 'interpret' music with a critical thinking.
Though this course will not teach how to sing and produce music, and how to make 'big money' with it, after completing this course students will surely come to 'love' music - at least a couple of songs that they did not know before.