MUSI 102: Popular Music in America

MUSI 102-K01: Popular Music in America
(Fall 2023)

02:00 PM to 03:15 PM MW

Mason Korea (119 Songdomunhwa-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea) G106

Section Information for Fall 2023

MUSI 102 - K01: Popular Music in America

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.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Investigates popular music styles and development in the United States with particular emphasis on the past 50 years. Lectures, recordings, and video enhance critical listening skills and examine stylistic and social contexts of popular music. Notes: Music majors may take only as free elective. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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