MUS 117C American Popular Music History
MUS 117C American Popular Music History
COURSE DESCRIPTION: American Popular Music A historical and musical study of American popular music from its origin to the present. The primary focus will be on musical styles with secondary emphasis on sociological, political, and economic conditions which influenced the music of America. Concert attendance required.
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify American popular music styles..
Trace the development of musical styles
Define the musical terms assigned to popular music
Compare various performance styles within a style period.
Appraise a specific musician giving specific examples of his/her music and contribution to a particular style.
MUS 117 American Popular Music History
1. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to identify styles, composers and time periods of recorded music with 75% accuracy.
2. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to discuss styles, elements and artists that are appropriate to the subject and demonstrate a general understanding of the social and cultural ideas that affect the history of American Popular Music with 75% accuracy.
Mid Term and Final
The Mid-Term and Final will consist of: watching and reviewing films. The choice must be made from the list on the syllabus. No exceptions. These films may be rented from Blockbusters online video store and many of them are available for viewing in our college library, many are at the local library.
You will need to do 3 films by the 9th week of class and 3 more by the 17th week of class. 6 films in total.
DO NOT REVIEW THE FILMS THEMSELVES!!! Hereâ€™s what I want
Summaries should include: 1. Comments on the social issues presented
2. The effects of music on the period in history
3. The significance of technology with regard to: instrumentation, dance, vocals, films etc.
4. Describe how the music was used in the film! Background, themes, etc.
Concerts: Students will be required to attend one concert and write a review of what they heard and saw. This review should include: Instrumentation, Harmonization, Texture, Description of Melodies, Tessitura, Style of Music, Titles of Songs, Rhythms used, and any interesting facts about the artist. There are Concerts are given at the Cypress College, Cal State Universities, and venues throughout the area, many are free or low cost to the public. For a list of dates for these concerts, contact the Music Department Library.
American Popular Music Syllabus
Music 117 C
INSTRUCTOR: Joseph C. Gallo
CREDIT: 3 Units
OFFICE HOURS: MT 10-11A , 5-6P W TTH11-12 F11-12A
PHONE: Office (714) 484-7031 WK. 562-343-8993 CL. Please do not call after 9PM.
Class Hours: M 6:00-8:50P RM 309
VIRTUAL HOURS: M 6:30-7:30 PM THIS IS NOT MANDATORY
EMAIL: HYPERLINK "mailto:email@example.com" firstname.lastname@example.org
TEXT: Popular Music in America, The Beat Goes On
by Michael Campbell 3rd Edition
You may order your books online from the campus bookstore at
HYPERLINK "http://www.cypresscollegebookstore.com/" www.cypresscollegebookstore.com
Students will need access to the Internet. All of the course work is obtained from online sources.
Companion Website HYPERLINK "http://www.cengage.com/music/campbell" www.cengage.com/music/campbell
Class films YOU WILL ONLY NEED TO DUE 6 FILMS TOTAL FOR THE COURSE. 3 of which are your MID-TERM, and 3 are your FINAL!!!! Select from the films below The reason the films are below each chapter is that they belong to the time period for that chapter. They are not required viewing each week. You select the 6 you want to see and review them only.
Each week students will go to two sites. One is HYPERLINK "http://www.cengage.com/music/campbell" www.cengage.com/music/campbell On the Cengage site click on companion site. Then on the left select the appropriate chapter and complete the following work after reading that chapter in the book.
1. Internet Exercises and Quizzes for each chapter. At the bottom of each of these is a place to write in my email address, so each of these will be sent to me directly from the cengage site. Make sure you keep backup!!!
2. The second site is Blackboard HYPERLINK "http://cypresscollege.blackboard.com" http://cypresscollege.blackboard.com go to the discussion board EACH WEEK and comment on the topics provided. You may also comment on other students threads. This is your class attendance and participation. You do not need to email me your responses. I will read them on the DB each week.
Homework needs to be completed by Thursday 8:00AM each week. Late assignments that are no more than 3 weeks behind will be accepted at full credit until MAY 1st.
4. You will need to attend one concert and write a review. One or two paragraphs will do.
1st Week Ch 1 A Matter of Style: Describing Popular Music pgs 1-16
Rent Video Do one or the other Stars and Stripes Forever or Yankee Doodle Dandy Write a musical review .
2nd Week Ch 2 The Beginnings of American Popular Music pgs 17- 38
3rd Week Ch 3 The Emergence of Black Music pgs 39- 55
Rent Video Showboat or Oklahoma Review it
4th Week Ch 4 Popular Song in the Modern Era pgs 56-79
Rent Video Singing In the Rain Review it
5th Week Ch 5 The Swing Era pgs 80-90
Rent Video Porgy and Bess Review it
6th Week Ch 6 In From the Outskirts: Blues, Gospel, Country, and Folk Music, 1925-1950 pgs 91-116
7th Week Ch 7 Latin Music In the United States pgs 117-127
Rent Video Ray Story about Ray Charles Review
8th Week Ch 8 On the Charts, 1945-1954 pgs 128-155
Rent Video West Side Story Review it
9th Week Ch 9 Rock and Roll 1954-1964 pgs 156-184
Rent Video Blackboard Jungle Review it
10th Week Ch 10 The Rock Revolution: Rock and Black Music in the 1960â€™s pgs 185-218
Rent Video Jesus Christ SuperStar Review it
11th Week Ch 11 Reactions to Rock: Established Styles in the Early Rock Era 219-235
Rent Video Hair Review it
12th Week Ch 12 Rock and R&B in the Early 1970 pgs 236-256
Rent Video Saturday Night Fever Review it
13th Week Ch 13 Funk, Reggae, disco, Punk: New Trends of the Late 1970 pgs 257-277
Rent Video Chicago Review it
14th Week Ch 14 Electronica and Rap pgs 278-292
15th Week Ch 15 Beyond Rock: The 1980 pgs 293-313
16th Week Ch 16 Alternatives: Alternative, Heavy Metal, and Grunge After 1980 pgs 314-327
17th Week Ch 17 A World of Music: Popular Music at the Turn of a New Century pgs 328-342